Big Picture Shabana Hoosein, a student in the master’s program in ecology and evolutionary biology at UAlbany, checks out blooming plants in the biology department’s greenhouse. Contents UAlbany University at Albany Magazine Features Fall 2013, Volume 22, Number 2 6 The Value of Higher Education University at Albany President Robert J. Jones and alumni who serve as leaders in education make the case for the continued value of a college degree. 14 The RNA Institute: Distinguishing UAlbany in Life Sciences Research At UAlbany, researchers are working toward a deeper understanding of RNA and its potential in developing therapeutics effective in the treatment of drug-resistant infections and other diseases. 18 Getting Down to Business The University’s new School of Business boasts spaces and technologies designed to meet the needs of students preparing for 21st-century entrepreneurial and workplace opportunities. 20 Three Literary Masters A new book, an international literary prize and a commission for an operatic Roscoe are the most recent achievements from a trio of authors with New York State Writers Institute connections. 24 Something to Cheer About! Just in time for the start of football season, UAlbany’s long-awaited multi-sport stadium opens. The men’s and women’s soccer teams will compete there, too. Departments 2 From the Podium 3 Gifts at Work 4 Out and About 12-13, 19 Alumni Profiles 26 Ask Geoff 28 The Carillon (Alumni News and Notes) 48 Last Look www.albany.edu Mark Schmidt www.albany.edu 1 From the Podium By Carol Olechowski InauguratIon Week Join us for a week of special events commemorating the inauguration of the University at Albany’s 19th president, Robert J. Jones, Ph.D. the following events are open to the public: Sept. 21 Sept. 25 all day, Science Library Atrium: Celebrating Students 4:30-8 p.m., Lecture Centers and PAC: and Faculty of the University at Albany, 1844-2014. A Celebration of Research, Scholarship and (The exhibit continues during regular Science Library Creative Activity at UAlbany. Free. business hours until May 1, 2014.) Free. Sept. 26 7 p.m., Bob Ford Field (multi-sport stadium), Great Danes 4:15 p.m., PAC Recital Hall: Seminar, New York State football: UAlbany vs. Central Connecticut State. Purchase Writers Institute Visiting Author Gilbert King. Free. tickets at www.ualbanysports.com or call (518) 442-Dane. Sept. 28 Sept. 23 10 a.m., PAC Main Theatre: Installation Ceremony 6 p.m., Page Hall, downtown campus: A Dialogue for President Robert J. Jones, followed by reception With the Tutu Sisters. Free. (registration required). Sept. 24 8 p.m., SEFCU Arena: World Within Reach 7:30 p.m., Performing Art Center (PAC) Main Theatre: Speakers Series (registration required). An Evening With Three-Time Tony-Nominated Broadway Star Carolee Carmello ’83. Purchase tickets at For additional details, link to www.albany.edu/pac or call (518) 442-3997. www.albany.edu/inauguration/events.php. Price Heads SUNY Student Assembly Tremayne Price, B.A.’12, has been installed as president of the of student life on each of the system’s 64 State University of New York Student Assembly for 2013-14. campuses. As president, Price serves as a Price, a native of Elmira, N.Y., earned a bachelor’s degree in member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, public policy and management from UAlbany. He is currently with full voting privileges, and as a voting pursuing a master’s in educational administration and policy member of the board for the Higher studies at the University. Education Services Corporation (HESC). SUNY The Student Assembly president, elected annually in the spring In congratulating Price, Chancellor Nancy by his or her peers across the SUNY system, heads a body L. Zimpher noted, “Trey brings leadership experience to the committed to empowering SUNY students throughout New post, as well as a deeper understanding of how students can get York State and nationally, and to ensuring the highest quality the most out of their higher education and help shape SUNY for future generations.” A Milestone for Five Quad Five Quad members – past and present – gathered April 27 at the Albany Hilton for a banquet celebrating the ambulance squad’s 40th anniversary. Here, guests pose for a photo commemorating the occasion. 2 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Gifts at Work By Carol Olechowski BRINK 5K Honors Alum Jordan Arnold, B.A.’97, and David clear my head. On one of those runs, I “Brink” Brinkerhoff, B.A.’01 met while was thinking about how often Brink ran serving on Five Quad “and became fast the loop, during college and while at the friends.” Arnold recalled: “We were academy. Brett Morey, B.A.’98, one of steady shift partners on the ambulance. Brink’s best friends, and I had already Brink had a tremendous work ethic. been talking about how we would honor He was sharp and really funny. He was his memory.” A scholarship funded by “a also a genuinely good person; helping charity run on the loop, held as close to others came naturally to him.” The two April 25 as possible so that Brink’s family “remained close and saw each other could look forward to something positive regularly” even after Brinkerhoff left around that day every year,” seemed a endowment. “They took on this event to attend the New York State Police fitting tribute. “It had the BRINK 5K with amazing spirit and limitless Academy and Arnold went off to law name before I finished that run.” dedication. It says so much about Five school at Vanderbilt University. Quad that the volunteers didn’t even The course, a certified 5K, “includes a Arnold clearly remembers April 25, 2007, portion of the loop, so that runners get to know Brink, and yet they honor him the day Brinkerhoff – by then a state trace Brink’s footsteps. It’s a challenging, like family, year after year. It’s deeply trooper who had returned to UAlbany to multi-terrain course that also cuts around satisfying to know that the values he complete his degree in political science Indian Lake.” The race is open to anyone, stood for and the contributions he made – died in the line of duty. On receiving “and every year, the pack includes active will be honored at UAlbany forever,” the news that his friend had been shot and retired New York State police, as said Arnold. during a manhunt, “I grabbed a suit, well as active and alumni members of Last April, more than 250 runners left work and drove to Brink’s house just Five Quad.” participated in the BRINK 5K. A south of Albany,” said Arnold. “Later, I highlight of the 2013 event – the Arnold credited Five Quad volunteers stayed near the uptown campus and ran awarding of the first David C. Brinkerhoff for their work in building the scholarship the [Perimeter Road] loop each day to Memorial Scholarship to sophomore Brendan McCann, a criminal justice major and Five Quad member – was “incredible,” Arnold observed. The race’s tagline, “Run Toward It,” was developed because “first responders – police, fire, EMS – run toward danger.” It also ties in with the award: “Through the scholarship, we want to help each year’s recipient run toward his or her goal,” explained the New York City resident. Arnold, a Manhattan District Attorney’s Office prosecutor who led the development of the office’s Financial Intelligence Unit, noted that the BRINK 5K has reconnected him with UAlbany. “I spent some of the most special years of my life at the University,” he said. For more information about the David C. Brinkerhoff Memorial From left, Mike Brinkerhoff, Karen Howard, Barbara Brinkerhoff-Anslow and Roy Brinkerhoff Scholarship, please link to present a ceremonial check to Five Quad member Brendan McCann, right, the first recipient www.brink5K.com. of the Brinkerhoff Scholarship. www.albany.edu 3 Out and About By Christine J. Binney, B.A.’05, M.A.’07 Bunshaft Lecture Celebrating Philanthropy Photo: Mark Schmidt Photo: Mark Schmidt Jonathan Rochelle ’85, director of Product Management at UAlbany’s most loyal donors were invited to University Hall Google Apps, shared his advice for becoming and staying in June to meet with President Robert J. Jones and The innovative during the second annual Bunshaft Lecture in University at Albany Foundation board for a reception April. Rochelle co-founded, built and sold two technology to celebrate philanthropy at the University. Prior to the start-ups, one of which was acquired by Google and used as reception, guests were treated to an informational talk by the foundation for Google Docs. Nobel laureates Ada Yonath and Jack Szostack, who University at Albany President Robert J. Jones and Jonathan Rochelle ’85 pose discussed the origins of life. with Caryn Bunshaft ’82 and Albert Bunshaft ’80, who established the Bunshaft Jack Szostack and Ada Yonath pose with President Jones. The two were Endowment to provide information to the student community about a broad the keynote lecturers for Albany 2013: The 18th Conversation, a four-day range of topics related to careers in computing science. symposium sponsored by the University’s departments of Chemistry and Biological Sciences and the National Institutes of Health. Business Leaders Breakfast Photos: Mark Schmidt Capital Region business and community leaders gathered at the main campus April 25 for breakfast and a conversation with President Robert J. Jones. The event was hosted by Omar Usmani, executive partner with Aeon Nexus, sponsor of the event. Attendees included delegations from Afghanistan and Mongolia. University at Albany Foundation Board Member Delegations from Afghanistan’s government and from the Mongolian Omar Usmani welcomes attendees. University of Science and Technology meet with School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson, Stephanie Wacholder and President Jones. 4 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 UAlbany Summer Alumni Gatherings Photos: Courtesy UAlbany Alumni Association The Alumni Association took full advantage of the beautiful summer weather by hosting a variety of alumni events. Magazine Fall 2013, Volume 22, Number 2 UAlbany magazine is published twice a year for alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University at Albany, State Univer- sity of New York. Our objective is to produce a lively, informative publication that stimulates pride and interest in UAlbany. Vice President for University Development Fardin Sanai Director of Development Operations and Assistant to the Vice President Cecilia Lauenstein Editorial Staff Executive Editor Carol Olechowski firstname.lastname@example.org Art Director/Designer Mary Sciancalepore Football alumni met July 13 at Normanside Country Club in Delmar, N.Y., for an afternoon of golf Writers celebrating a new era of UAlbany football in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Conference. Jill U Adams; Christine J. Binney, B.A.’05, M.A.’07; Paul Grondahl, M.A.’84; Jim Sciancalepore, M.A.’93; Geoffrey Williams Photographers Janie Airey; Cecilia Lauenstein; Gary Gold, B.A.’70; Suzanne Lance; Mark McCarty; Colleen Piccolino; Mark Schmidt; SUNY; Times Union; UAlbany Alumni Association Researchers Jennifer Casabonne, M.S.’03; Deborah Forand; Agostino Futia, B.A.’01, M.A.’08; Lisa Gonzalez, M.A.’03; Mailing Coordinator Pushpa Royce Web Editor Melissa Fry, M.B.A.’12 Business Manager Lillian Lee The Carillon In August, alumni enjoyed a pre-game gathering at McFadden’s in Flushing, N.Y., before catching Editor a Mets game. Melissa Samuels email@example.com Class Notes Editor Julie Maio firstname.lastname@example.org Art Director/Designer Mary Sciancalepore UAlbany magazine is available online at http://www.albany.edu/news/index.shtml The University at Albany’s broad mission of excellence in under- graduate and graduate education, research and public service engages more than 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges. For more information about this internationally ranked institution, please visit www.albany.edu. Cover: Today, escalating tuition costs, mounting student debt, stagnant graduation rates and uncertain job prospects are calling the value of a degree into question. In this issue of UAlbany, University President Robert J. Jones, Ph.D., and five other high-level education professionals testify to the value of their own college experiences and encourage young people to prepare for life by pursuing post-secondary studies. In July, Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) gathered at Brown’s Brewing Co. in Troy for a party featuring beer and food pairings. Attendees included Brian Fessler ’06, ’07; Casey Crandall ’07, ’12; Jacob Crawford ’08, ’09; Leah Rotella ’11, ’13; and Jillian Pasco ’10, ’12. www.albany.edu 5 THE VALUE OF Higher Education By PAUL GRONDAHL, M.A.’84 UAlbany President Robert J. Jones joins four other college and university presidents and a school district superintendent – all UAlbany alumni – to discuss the importance of higher education. 6 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 The University at Albany’s downtown campus W ith higher education under intense scrutiny, of Labor Statistics. A 2012 study by the Georgetown the value of a college degree is being University Center on Education and the Workforce questioned like never before. For generations found that, between 2010 and 2012, people with of Americans, attending a four-year residential college bachelor’s or graduate degrees gained 2 million jobs, was part and parcel of the American dream, a path that led while those with high-school diplomas, and those with to a career with upward mobility and often a rise in social less than a high-school education, lost 230,000 jobs over class, as well. For working-class families, in particular, the same two-year period. That same study confirmed a college degree was the great equalizer and a portal to that, on average, college graduates still earn nearly twice opportunity. Now, however, naysayers point to escalating as much as high-school graduates over the course of tuition costs, mounting student debt, stagnant graduation their working careers – a stark wage disparity existing rates and uncertain job prospects as arguments against since 2005. At the same time, such narrow assessments of the primacy of a college degree. return on investment fail to recognize the less-tangible benefits of a college College presidents are battling “the ultimate purpose of degree, such as civic engagement, on many fronts against the forces higher education is to give societal contributions and a richer undercutting higher education. For students a broad base of understanding of the world. this article, University at Albany knowledge and skills, rather President Robert J. Jones, Ph.D., “The ultimate purpose of higher than to train them for a and four college presidents and the education is to give students a broad specific job,” said Jones. superintendent of a large suburban base of knowledge and skills, rather upstate New York school district – than to train them for a specific all UAlbany alumni – added their job,” said Jones, who attended three voices to this important discussion, conceding that national forums since May to discuss the “perfect storm” they have never felt such intense questioning about the of forces challenging higher education. “We need to importance of higher education. “Unprecedented” and prepare students who possess analytical and critical skills “crossroads” are among the words they used to describe and also have the entrepreneurial ability to shift jobs such disturbing trends as declining government funding, several times. We need critically engaged citizens who a boom in online learning and concerns that high tuitions can reinvent themselves for jobs that, in some cases, are pricing middle-class families out of the market. don’t even exist today. I get worried about this growing trend of trying to commoditize higher education. We are On the other hand, the presidents cite statistics to a four-year public university at UAlbany, and we’re not bolster their argument. For instance, despite a lingering meant to be a technical school that offers training for a recession, the unemployment rate for college graduates specific job.” with bachelor’s or advanced degrees was 3.8 percent compared to 7.4 percent for high-school graduates, Jones said a president’s challenge is leading large and according to a May 2013 report from the U.S. Bureau complex institutions that are not very nimble and tend to www.albany.edu 7 “there is no doubt in my mind that the higher education landscape will be shaped and re-shaped in unprecedented ways in the next 10 to 20 years,” Jones said. move at a glacial pace, ruled by committee. saw it as a great opportunity,” she said. “I But ever-accelerating workplace and loved it at UAlbany, and it led me to pursue societal changes require a swift and agile a career as a leader in higher education.” response. Jones is endeavoring to bring the C methodology of academia and the demands alifornia State University, San of corporate America into closer alignment, Bernardino, President tomás and he has a sense of urgency about the Morales, M.S.’78, Ph.D.’98, task. “There is no doubt in my mind that whose career in higher education spans the higher-education landscape will be 38 years, puts it plainly: “There is no shaped and re-shaped in unprecedented way I would be where I am today without ways in the next 10 to 20 years,” Jones said. my Ph.D. from UAlbany. The return on investment has been huge for me.” M ary ellen Jukoski, M.S.’74, Morales, who raised three children with president of Mitchell College in his wife of 41 years, Evy, worked full time New London, Conn., concurs as an administrator at the State University that rapid change is inevitable, but she of New York at New Paltz when he began believes that higher education cannot afford graduate school part time at UAlbany. It to abandon its bedrock principles. “As with took him eight years to complete his Ph.D. health care, media and other industries, in educational administration and policy higher education is at a crossroads today,” studies. Born in Puerto Rico, Morales she said. “But we cannot forget that we grew up in the South Bronx in a lower- need to have an educated citizenry for the middle-class family. His father worked in a continued success of our country. Today’s Farberware factory, and his mother was a college students are the future leaders crossing guard; they made great sacrifices of our nation, and they will require a to send Morales and one of his brothers to liberal-arts foundation and the ability to college. His other brother chose to join the communicate articulately, to think critically military and later served with the New York and to work well with others in a team- oriented workplace environment.” City Police Department. Jukoski added, “I don’t have all the answers At San Bernardino, situated in a financially about the future direction of higher challenged county in southern California, education, but I have a strong belief that fewer than one adult in five has a the residential-college experience has value baccalaureate degree. The college’s motto, and that it has a place now and will have “Transforming Lives and Communities a place in the future.” As the daughter of Through Higher Education,” is more first-generation immigrants from Europe, than a slogan to Morales. He is testament Jukoski, who grew up in Massena, N.Y., to the transformative effect of a college near the Canadian border, understands degree, and he wants to ensure that future firsthand how a college degree can open generations of students from humble many doors. “My parents always stressed backgrounds such as his still have that the value of higher education because they opportunity to attend college. 8 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 tomás Morales, M.S.’78, Ph.D.’98 robert J. Jones, Ph.D. Mary ellen Jukoski, M.S.’74 President, California State University, President, University at Albany President, Mitchell College San Bernardino Next year, Morales will assume the chairmanship of the But he refuses to be an apologist for higher education: American Association of State Colleges and Universities. “The American model of public higher education is the “We are going to have to embrace change and control best ever developed in the history of the planet. That’s our destiny as a higher-education industry,” he said. “I why we pull the best and the brightest students from am on other national organizations, and we are talking around the world to U.S. colleges and universities. I about this issue constantly. I would not say we are not yet believe if we fiddle with that too much, we’re going to be pushing the panic button, but we are all looking at how in trouble. College is the last organized place society has best to serve students, how to increase student success for inculcating leadership.” and how to reinforce the value of a baccalaureate degree.” Pastides grew up in a working-class family in New York U City and graduated with honors from highly regarded niversity of South Carolina President Harris Stuyvesant High School. He had many choices for Pastides, B.S.’75, said a college degree has college but chose UAlbany, where he majored in biology, never been more important. He added: “But “because it was a high-quality education at a very low don’t just take my word for it; ask business leaders and the cost.” A New York State Regents Scholarship covered innovators in our technology sector. They will tell you nearly his entire tuition. At the University, “I made a bachelor’s degree is now the minimal entry point for lifelong friends, and it was one of my best choices and getting a decent job. There is simply no better pathway among the most formative experiences of my life. It to earning a healthy lifetime living than a college all started for me at Albany,” said Pastides, who went degree.” Pastides noted the current rate of 35-40 percent on to earn a master’s of public health and a Ph.D. in of Americans earning a bachelor’s degree “is not good epidemiology at Yale University. enough,” and the U.S. is losing ground to China, India, J Brazil and other countries that are robustly subsidizing oseph S. Brosnan, M.S.’69, ed.D.’81, president and placing a premium on higher education. of Delaware Valley College in Pennsylvania, grew Pastides said his biggest concern remains rising tuition up lower-middle class in Levittown, Long Island. costs resulting from cuts in government funding, and his Neither his father, a plumber, nor his mother, a top priority is to devise ways to hold the line on price. secretary, had gone to college, but they were committed www.albany.edu 9 L. oliver robinson, M.S.’94, ed.D.’96 Harris Pastides, B.S.’75 Joseph S. Brosnan, M.S.’69, ed.D.’81 Superintendent, President, University of South Carolina President of Delaware Valley College Shenendehowa School District to ensuring that Brosnan and his brother and sister would high-school diploma. I also quote the statistic that shows enjoy the benefits of higher education. After earning a that a high-school graduate will only be able to earn bachelor’s degree from Marist College, Brosnan was 67 cents to every $1 earned by a college graduate,” accepted to Columbia University for graduate school but said Brosnan. chose UAlbany because the tuition was more affordable. But he cautioned that the irrefutable evidence of a He praised provost Susan Phillips, who chaired the college degree’s superior value will be moot if colleges committee that reviewed his dissertation on determinants and universities cannot rein in costs and control rising of student success in college, noting that the University tuition rates. “Affordability is the most important issue “gave me access to a great education.” Added Brosnan, facing higher education,” Brosnan said. “The economic who received fellowships that provided tuition waivers model we’re working with now is broken. We have to and stipends: “Albany really launched my career find a more affordable model. My bottom line is that yes, and provided me with a great network of colleagues. higher education has value, but if college is no longer It opened up a door that helped me get hired in the affordable for families, the question is irrelevant. That SUNY System at Potsdam, where I worked eight years is why continued federal and state support of post- as an administrator.” secondary education is so important.” L A veteran of 40 years in higher education, Brosnan said oliver robinson, M.S.’94, ed.D.’96, is this “is one of the most critical periods I’ve experienced.” superintendent of the Shenendehowa School He added that the pressures and challenges of being a . District in Clifton Park, an Albany suburb. college president are underscored by the fact that the Eighty-five percent of the 740 students who graduated average tenure for a president has dropped from eight in the high school’s Class of 2013 will attend a two- or years to five in the past decade. “We used to emphasize four-year college. That rate of college-bound students the intrinsic value of higher education and how a well- continues to increase, but Robinson said parents, with educated person would have a better, richer life. But I growing concern, are questioning higher education’s make the economic argument much more often now. value. “The parents I talk with are still afraid their I’ve seen studies that show a person with a college degree children will lose a competitive edge in the workforce if is going to earn anywhere from $300,000 to $1 million they don’t get a college degree,” Robinson observed. “But more over the course of a lifetime than a person with a they also want to get the biggest bang for their buck. I 10 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 think colleges need to add more skills-oriented classes to their liberal-arts cores. Students need to come out of college with skill sets that are marketable, and that’s a legitimate concern for parents. I am hearing a lot of concern from parents who say they’re spending a lot of money and taking on debt, and the kids are coming out college educated but grossly under- skilled for the labor force. Parents want to see their children get practical experience while they’re in college, through internships and other workplace opportunities.” Robinson’s parents were adamant that he and his seven siblings would all have a chance to attend college, and they Jukoski congratulates a recent Mitchell College graduate. did. Robinson, the youngest, earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Brown University, and his graduate degrees in educational administration and policy studies at UAlbany, he parents only went to school through the sixth or seventh grade, said, were a sound investment. “The practical nature of my but they encouraged me to go on to college and graduate courses at UAlbany gave me direct skills that applied in my school. The only thing intentional in my entire career was to field. The biggest benefit was that they prepared me to be a get a Ph.D. and to become a scientist. Everything else that has school administrator,” added Robinson. happened, from working with Bishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa to becoming the president of this University, has been Jones, who grew up poor on a sharecropper’s farm in Georgia, unexpected. said his parents instilled the value of education at a very young age in him, his brother and sister. “My parents made sure we “With a college education, all kinds of unintended, went to school and did well,” he said. “I remember they went exciting things can happen in your life. Once you acquire to PTA meetings after working in the fields all day so they the credentials, the world is an open door, and you can could meet with our teachers and check on our progress. My go anywhere.” a high-school graduate will only be able to earn 67 cents to every $1 earned by a college graduate. www.albany.edu 11 Alumni Profiles Larry Bortstein, J.D., B.A. ’91 By Carol Olechowski From Typewriter to Personal Computer L arry Bortstein arrived on the University at political-science major, who minored in English and history. Albany campus in 1987, “the dawn of a new era “It was an exhilarating time to be studying technology.” in computing. I literally came to Albany with a From Nancy Belowich-Negron, who worked for typewriter and left with a PC.” Disabled Student Services and now directs the University’s Now one of the preeminent legal experts in his field, Disability Resource Center, Bortstein “learned perseverance Bortstein was named the top information-technology and toughness. She is an incredible person, and the attorney in the New York City area for 2013 by Lexology, number of students she’s helped throughout her career is a firm that rates attorneys around the globe. Chambers remarkable. I’m forever grateful to Nancy for the time USA, publisher of “the world’s leading guides to the legal she spent with me.” profession,” has recognized the New York-based Bortstein Through Belowich-Negron, Bortstein has supported the Legal Group (BLG) in the “Technology and Outsourcing” Disability Resource Center Scholarship Fund. “I have very category for three years. fond memories of Albany, and I want the school to be Bortstein, who earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, great,” he notes, adding that he tells friends whose children served as senior technology counsel at American Express are UAlbany students that “their children are getting a and global head of technology law at Lehman Brothers. phenomenal education.” After Lehman’s bankruptcy in 2008, he founded BLG, a law Although he hasn’t visited UAlbany recently, the Great firm specializing in technology transactions with a focus Danes basketball fan would welcome the opportunity to talk on the financial-services industry. “We bring expertise and with students on campus. “Albany is a hub for technological dedication to a unique area of law,” Bortstein says of the investment and innovation in New York State,” Bortstein firm, which recently opened a London office. observes. “That’s exciting for me. I really got the bug at “Albany instilled in me an appreciation for the utility of Albany, and I still get excited by technology.” technology, and the classes I took helped me understand For more information about Larry Bortstein and BLG, how I could apply it in the real world,” recalls the former please visit http://blegalgroup.com. 12 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Deborah Rosenbaum, B.S.’81 Taking Time to Give Back By Jim Sciancalepore, M.A.’93 W hile a student at UAlbany, Deborah Even though her full-time stint is over, Rosenbaum Rosenbaum was hungry for additional remains active in the Say Yes organization. She also experiences that could enrich her maintains strong ties to the UAlbany community education. Her experiences included an internship in … from annual trips with close alumni friends to a senator’s office, student teaching and independent occasional trips back to campus. Rosenbaum credits study – all while earning her degree in business UAlbany with providing a foundation for her administration. well-rounded life and career. This hunger continues today. “I got a great education and opportunities for great experiences,” Rosenbaum noted. “Life is In July of 2012, she took a six-month leave from her about experiences.” job as an account manager in graphic-arts solutions for Xerox to volunteer her talents to the Syracuse chapter of Say Yes To Education, a nonprofit education foundation designed to increase high-school and college graduation rates for urban youth. During this time, she helped Say Yes cultivate new relationships in the Syracuse business community. Her efforts will not only enhance fundraising for the organization, but will also help attract mentors and create internship and job opportunities for youths in the Say Yes program. “It’s such an important organization,” explained Rosenbaum, when asked why she chose to volunteer full time for Say Yes. “I believe that education is the key to ending the cycle of poverty.” The best part: Her leave was not only approved and encouraged by Xerox – it was paid in full through the company’s Social Service Leave program. Through a rigorous application process, Rosenbaum was one of only 11 Xerox employees nationwide selected to take part in this program last year. “It’s such a unique program; I was very fortunate to be part of it,” said the mother of four and native of Manlius, N.Y. “Xerox is truly committed to fostering stronger communities.” www.albany.edu 13 THe RNA INSTITUTe: Distinguishing UAlbany in Life Sciences Research By Jill U Adams Photos by Gary Gold ’70 Professor of Chemistry and Biology Daniele Fabris is the director of the RNA Mass Spectrometry Center, part of the RNA Institute. 14 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Muscular dystrophy, antibiotic BIRTH OF A NeW INSTITUTe resistance, breast cancer, arthritis. The story of the RNA Institute begins with a coincidence – a conglomeration of These disparate diseases have UAlbany and Capital District scientists something in common, something whose research focused on RNA and who nurtured their shared interests beyond biology gone wrong. through the Hudson Valley RNA Club. It continued with a strategic vision, a “Central to all that bad biology is RNA,” says Paul Agris, director recognition that UAlbany could not of the newly christened RNA Institute expansion at the University compete against the country’s top at Albany. research universities in genomics A quick primer for the non-biologists out there: RNA is a kind of and proteomics. middleman between DNA and proteins. Our genes are made of DNA Lynn Videka, then UAlbany’s vice and represent the blueprint for all our features and predispositions. president for Research, saw that by Proteins are the workhorses of the cell; they include enzymes, fully engaging this RNA research, the hormones and structural components. University could get ahead of the game. The job of RNA is to “transcribe” the DNA information and “translate” A senior scientist was needed to it into proteins. In the realm of scientific research, however, says provide leadership. chemistry professor Dan Fabris, “RNA is a little neglected.” Enter Agris, who had spent years at Some researchers have studied RNA their whole careers. Agris North Carolina State University as became intrigued with RNA in graduate school. Others, such as researcher, professor and department biology professor Ben Szaro, came to RNA late, by following a chair. There, he formed the RNA research question to its core. Society, which brought together Research Triangle Park scientists to Szaro studies how neurons send out projections in order to connect share data and methods. But his efforts to other neurons. “When connections are lost between neurons, to establish a formal RNA center never disease results,” he explains, naming neurodegenerative diseases gained traction. such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer’s. Focusing on neurofilament proteins, which provide structural support for Former Duke postdoctoral fellow Scott neuronal projections, Szaro studies how nerves can regenerate. “We Tenenbaum, now at the College of originally focused on proteins,” Szaro says. “Then we focused on Nanoscale Science and Engineering, DNA. Then we realized, nope! It’s the RNA that is the major central called Agris to come take a look at point by which the neurons decide how much protein to make.” UAlbany. Agris took up the challenge www.albany.edu 15 RNA Institute Director Paul Agris looks on as biochemistry student Seoyeon Hong works on a UV-visible spectrophotometer; Hong consults with her mentor, postdoctoral fellow Kimberly Harris. and, in 2009, started working on formalizing the RNA “Two-thirds of the research in my lab is disease-oriented,” Institute, hammering out new faculty lines and new facilities Agris says, and includes rare and neglected diseases, such while still doing research at NC State. He moved to as multi-drug-resistant infections. Agris has identified a UAlbany full time in 2010. At that time, senior faculty slots bacterial RNA target for novel antibiotic drugs, which were filled first by Fabris and later by Marlene Belfort, who would be effective in treating drug-resistant infections that was previously at the Wadsworth Center of the New York confound current antibiotic arsenals, such as multidrug- State Department of Health. resistant tuberculosis and methicillin-resistant staph infections (MRSA). Since then, two new junior faculty have been hired, and two more are on their way. “We’re using the institute as a way The vast majority of pharmaceuticals on the market are to recruit great faculty,” Agris says, adding, “The institute designed to target proteins in the body. Take, for instance, wouldn’t be here without the desire of UAlbany faculty in the top two prescribed drugs of 2010: Hydrocodone binds the first place.” to neuronal proteins that dampen pain signals, and lisinopril binds to an enzyme in blood vessels to lower blood pressure. ReSeARCH AND APPLICATIONS Fabris says RNA has the potential to be a much more efficient target for therapies. Here’s why: To provide enough How niche is RNA research? It’s not exactly a poor stepchild drug to interact with most copies of a particular protein, to genetics and protein research: Indeed, researchers in the the dose is often high enough to produce other effects – field have been the recipients of more than 30 Nobel Prizes, including toxic side effects – on the body. But a single strand eight of them since 2006. Still, with perhaps one exception, of RNA can code lots of the same protein, so in theory one it’s been largely limited to very basic research in cell biology. might get more effect with lower doses. It’s comparable to Viewing RNA as a road to therapeutics has been slower to shutting down production of widgets at the factory, rather catch on. That one exception is the potential of a type of than trying to track down and pull the product from store RNA that silences, or turns off, genes. shelves later. 16 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 After working in the Mass Spectrometry Center lab, student Yik Siu pauses for a photo with, clockwise from left, graduate student Rebecca Rose; Agris; Fabris; Harris; and Hong. INNOVATION RULeS financially support undergraduate research in the labs. Making RNA the focus of an institute is novel in itself – Seoyeon Hong, a biochemistry major, learned about research and UAlbany covers the spectrum, from biophysics of the opportunities from a friend and, after working about 10 molecules to cellular functions. The RNA Institute has hours per week, for credit, during her junior year, spent her proved innovative in other ways, too. summer in the Agris lab. The work sharply contrasts with her coursework experience, where she followed standard The research facilities, located in the Life Sciences written protocols to obtain expected data. Doing real Research Building, include specialized laboratory spaces, research in a real lab is beyond what’s in a textbook, she says. such as an advanced computational center and an advanced “We sometimes get data we can’t explain.” instrumentation lab. Agris is adamant that these facilities are of a programmatic nature, much more than “core facilities,” When that happens, Hong consults with Agris or because they also house potential collaborators for anyone postdoctoral fellow Kimberly Harris to troubleshoot. Or investigating RNA. “They’re not just instruments, but staff she combs through the scientific literature for alternative people, too,” he says. “Thus, the institute engages in full- methods or interpretations. fledged, long-term collaboration with investigators on papers and on grant proposals. It is also a necessity to make the Hong is undecided about her future, but continuing research institute economically sustainable.” science is an option she’s considering. Another way the RNA Institute distinguishes itself is Agris, too, got his start as an undergrad. “I came out of that through its commitment to undergraduate research. No experience motivated to look for things that were new – not lip service here: The institute supports graduate students’ just what everyone else is doing.” and postdoctoral fellows’ travel to present at national You know what he found: RNA. and international meetings. Individual faculty members www.albany.edu 17 Getting Down to Business After years of planning and fundraising and months of construction, UAlbany’s new School of Business building opens this fall. The 96,000-square-foot LEED-certified structure, designed by architect Perkins+Will and constructed by Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management, was completed at a cost of $64 million – $9.75 million of it from private sources. To date, 81 percent, or nearly $8 million, of the private funding has been raised. Designed to accommodate 21st-century teaching and learning, the School of Business includes: • one trading room • 17 classrooms, including a specialized executive-education classroom, a computing classroom and an honors/enhanced classroom • one business center • one Student Services suite • five labs • one research computing lab • one graduate student lounge • one faculty lounge • 11 seminar rooms • two interview offices • five conference rooms • 10 group-study rooms • Office of Career Services • 50 faculty offices • one café and seating area 18 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Alumni Profile Gary Gold ’70 Stacy J. Kanter, B.S.’79 The Art of the Deal By Jim Sciancalepore, M.A.’93 “I love puzzles,” said Stacy J. Kanter, partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, one of the largest law firms in the world. “I enjoy working through a challenge and bringing something to a successful conclusion.” It’s this love – and a unique combination of problem- solving and people skills, underscored by tenacity and perseverance – that has made Kanter a nationally recognized leader in the legal community. She was recently named a “Dealmaker of the Year” by The American Lawyer magazine, which honored Kanter for her work in guiding Realogy Holdings Corp. through a successful initial public offering (IPO). The task was a multi-year, multi-layered challenge as she helped the real-estate giant (parent company to brands such as Century 21 and Coldwell Banker) navigate the intricacies of a debt restructuring during a real-estate downturn … and ultimately raise $1.2 billion dollars, making it the biggest private equity-backed IPO of 2012. In her work for Realogy and other clients, Kanter employs expertise that intersects law and business, building on a foundation she formed as a business major at UAlbany. “I was looking for a quality education from a public university, and UAlbany was my best choice,” she explained. She also credits experiential opportunities at the University – such as serving as an R.A. and on student boards – with helping to foster her leadership skills. The mother of two currently lives and works in Manhattan. She is both co-head of her firm’s Global Corporate Finance practice and co-chair of its Global Diversity Committee. Whatever puzzles are coming her way in the future, Kanter is ready. www.albany.edu 19 Three Literary Masters By Paul Grondahl, M.A.’84 The following profiles, excerpted from stories published by the Albany Times Union in May and June 2013, are reprinted with permission. Joseph E. Persico, B.A.’52 Papers (housed in Lexington, Va.) and the Eisenhower Papers (Johns Hopkins University) online from his winter Merging History and Biography home in Mexico. Persico still takes research notes in long- hand on 3x5 index cards and files them in a large box kept At age 78, Joseph E. Persico took on the most demanding under his bed. When the box is full, he starts writing. “The assignment of his career: a sweeping history of President under-the-bed box worked its magic again,” he said. Franklin D. Roosevelt and his interactions with the military commanders he appointed to lead American forces in Roosevelt’s Centurions probes the machinations of FDR as World War II. “I told my wife this book was either going commander-in-chief and adds profiles of the deep bench to keep me alive or kill me,” said the author, now 83. of talent the president recruited. “He made some brilliant “Well, I’m still here.” choices,” said Persico. “[George C.] Marshall was FDR’s stout oak and a selfless man, universally respected. Hap Roosevelt’s Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Arnold became the founding father of the U.S. Air Forces. Victory in World War II was published May 28 by Random The team Roosevelt appointed was so good that they stayed House. The magisterial work merges an expansive military in place throughout the war, while Churchill was firing history with an intimate political biography. The 650-page generals left and right.” volume includes 70 pages of bibliography and source notes. Persico was critical of FDR for contradicting commanders Persico’s research techniques are a curious hybrid of old and choosing North Africa for the initial campaign school and new technology. “The material that can be found online now is miraculous,” he said. He read the Marshall 20 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Coming Attractions Through the New York State Writers Insti- tute’s Visiting Writers Series, Man Booker International Prize winner and UAlbany professor Lydia Davis will give a reading Oct. 1 at 4:15 p.m. in the University’s Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. Other literary luminaries appearing this fall include: Sept. 26 Seminar and reading by Pulitzer Prize- winning nonfiction author Gilbert King Oct. 5 Reading by bestselling nonfiction author Bill Bryson Oct. 8 Seminar and reading by fiction writer T.C. Boyle Oct. 18 Reading by U.S. Rep. and author Luis Gutierrez Oct. 23 Seminar by Ava Homa and Kaziwa Salih, writers of the Kurdish Diaspora Oct. 24 Seminar and reading by Iranian fiction writer Goli Taraghi John D’Annibale/Times Union Oct. 25 Reading and film screening: A Celebration in the European theater: “Churchill saw the Mediterranean of Swedish Author Stig Dagerman as the lifeline of the British Empire, and he was focused on (1923-1954) preserving it. He was very persuasive and had so much military expertise that FDR went along with him. It turned out to be Oct. 29 Seminar and reading by fiction writer and a bad decision because the American campaigns into North essayist Douglas Bauer Africa, Sicily and Italy postponed D-Day and the invasion of Normandy by at least a year and extended the war.” Nov. 14 Lecture by religious studies scholar Still, FDR “was the right commander-in-chief for the time,” Robert Orsi Persico said. “It’s hard to argue with victory.” Nov. 21 Seminar and reading by Native American fiction and nonfiction writer David Treuer Dec. 3 Seminar and reading by novelist Ayana Mathis Each event is free and open to the public. For times and locations, and for more information about NYSWI Fall 2013 programming, link to www.albany.edu/writers-inst/. www.albany.edu 21 Janie Airey Lydia Davis Painting With Words University at Albany professor and writer-in-residence to embrace many a kind ... They have been called stories Lydia Davis, who has published a chapbook of observations but could equally be miniatures, anecdotes, essays, jokes, of three cows that graze across the road from her rural parables, fables, texts, aphorisms or even apophthegms, Rensselaer County house, is the 2013 winner of the Man prayers or simply observations.” Booker International Prize. The prestigious literary award, In the first sentence of “Cows,” Davis, 66, writes: “Each presented in London last May, carries a cash prize of new day, when they come out from the far side of the barn, £60,000 (roughly $91,000). it is like the next act, or the start of an entirely new play.” “She is a unique fiction writer who writes very short stories Davis, recipient of a 2003 MacArthur Fellowship, is also an that are highly reflective, kind of ironic and sometimes acclaimed translator of classic works of French literature comical. They play with the very concept of what into English. She was named a Chevalier of the Order of storytelling is,” said Donald Faulkner, director of the Arts and Letters in France for her translations of Proust New York State Writers Institute at UAlbany. and Flaubert. “This is a wonderful tribute and great recognition of a “She is an excellent editor, great teacher and sympathetic brilliant writer,” said fiction writer and UAlbany faculty reader who has helped a lot of young writers,” Faulkner member Lynne Tillman, who shares an office with Davis said. “She’s not a prima donna on any level.” and teaches a fiction workshop with her. “She’s very observant of the world around her. I think of her as After she won the MacArthur grant, Davis chose to making paintings with words.” remain in the classroom. “I’ve realized I miss working with undergraduate students because they make me laugh and Sir Christopher Ricks, chairman of the Booker Prize judges, their writing can be very exciting and unexpected,” the said that Davis’ fictions “fling their lithe arms wide Writers Institute Fellow told the Times Union in 2005. 22 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 William Kennedy Roscoe’s Operatic Rendering William Kennedy finds it fitting that his novel Roscoe, a fictional reconstitution of Albany’s legendary Democratic political machine, is going to be turned into an opera by composer Evan Mack. “I think Roscoe would approve because he led a grand, operatic life,” Kennedy said of the title character, Roscoe Conway, the fixer and bagman who wants to quit politics after 26 years of carrying out Suzanne Lance the machine’s chicanery. The New Yorker Kennedy, founder and executive director of the New York praised the novel – set in Albany on V-J Day 1945 – State Writers Institute, said Mack approached him. He as “thick with crime, passion and backroom banter.” listened to the composer’s work and liked it. Roscoe was published in 2002 and reached the New York Times bestseller list. It is the first time that the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who has sold movie and stage options for his novels, inked a Last June, Mack announced a two-year development deal for an operatic rendering of his work. deal with Kennedy to render the fictional portrait of the O’Connell-Corning machine into a new American opera. “The world of opera is a new musical incursion for me,” said “The novel had been sitting on my desk for a while. I read Kennedy, who is known for singing popular tunes at parties, it a few months ago, and it hit me in the gut that this is sometimes while playing ukulele, and for performing in a an opera,” said Mack, an Albany-based award-winning barbershop quartet. opera composer and professor of music theory and piano at Kennedy reads at Skidmore each summer as part of the Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs. Writers Institute. At 85, he is rewriting two plays and “Roscoe” will be Mack’s third full-length opera and his “fiddling around with a new novel.” second collaboration with librettist Joshua McGuire. Mack’s operas have been performed around the country. He figured it will take about one year to create the opera. www.albany.edu 23 Mark Schmidt Something to Cheer About! The UAlbany family is cheering the completion of the University’s long-awaited multi-sport complex. used by permission Times Union, photo Ground was broken April 17, 2012, for the complex, which features seating for a total of 8,500 spectators, as well as chairback seats and luxury suites. The total construction cost of $23 million includes $3.5 million for the new track facility. Great Danes football and men’s and women’s soccer will be played at the complex. To view a webcam video of the construction process, link to http://tinyurl.com/n5ngl5b. Vice President for Athletic Administration and Director of Athletics Lee McElroy, left, 24 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 and Deputy Athletics Director Rick Coe, right, check out the press area. Mark Schmidt Student-athletes attend the April 2012 groundbreaking ceremony. Colleen Piccolino Mark Schmidt Coach Bob Ford, who has announced he will retire after the end of the current season, poses in front of the field named for him. Colleen Piccolino Times Union, photo used by permission A state-of-the-art video screen is mounted atop the scoreboard. Great Danes football players will enter Bob Ford Field along this ramp. The two dotted screens on either side are also video screens; the four white rectangles are advertising boards. www.albany.edu 25 Ask Geoff By Geoff Williams, University Archivist Home Sweet Home B y the early 1960s, noted architect Edward Durrell Stone was designing and building the first and periodic New York State fiscal problems – one major reason was repaying the bonded debt that Gov. PA rt 2 of the University at Albany’s uptown Nelson Rockefeller had accumulated campus dormitory complexes. while expanding every campus in Dutch Quadrangle was partially the SUNY System simultaneously. occupied in Fall 1964, two years In the mid-1960s, University dormitories, and most of the before courses were held on the President Evan Collins required groups disbanded. A grouper law new campus. every fraternity and sorority to imposed in the mid-’70s prevented sell, or give up the lease on, its fraternities and sororities from In many ways, the uptown house and relocate residents to the having houses in Albany, and the campus dorms were similar to uptown campus dormitories. Fully era of small-group housing owned those on Alumni Quadrangle. occupied dorm rooms paid off the or rented by the organizations and All had communal spaces where quadrangles’ construction. the school was over. students could congregate, but rooms were now gathered around The Greeks’ move to campus would The housing situation retained central suites. Each suite had have long-term consequences, the status quo until 1988, when an individual washroom, rather though. The anti-establishment Freedom Quadrangle opened than shared bathrooms down the atmosphere of the time made it across Fuller Road. Projected to hall. (The Indian Quad low-rises, difficult for the Greeks to fill cost $6.8 million, Freedom Quad the exceptions, are now being represented a distinct departure remodeled to include en suite from all former housing at the bathrooms.) Gone, however, were school. Driven by demand for such amenities as the beautiful more amenities in student housing, molding that characterized Alumni the project represented the first Quad, as the pressure to build campus residences based on an on a massive scale as quickly and apartment model. Each unit had a inexpensively as possible meant fully equipped kitchen. Arranged in the elimination of molding and four clusters of buildings, Freedom woodwork. The Stone dormitories Quad provided accommodations would be the last residences to for 410 graduate and upper-division have dining halls. By 1972, the last undergraduate students. of the uptown campus residence An even more ambitious project, the hall complexes, Indian Quad, apartment-style Empire Commons, was completed. Members of Gamma Kappa Phi opened in 2004. The complex, No new construction of residence gathered at Herkimer Hall for this consisting of 26 buildings on 25 halls or academic buildings would photo published in the 1968 Torch. acres on the western side of the take place on the campus until campus, houses 1,200 graduate the late 1980s. While there were and upper-level undergraduate many reasons for the halt in students. Each building designated construction – including the ’70s for undergraduates has 12 four- decline in student enrollment bedroom, two-bath apartments. 26 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Housing options have expanded on and near the uptown campus over the past 25 years, as evidenced by the aerial photo, below, of Freedom Quad; the Empire Commons picture, right; and the interior and exterior shots of Liberty Terrace, below, right. Mark Schmidt Mark Schmidt Gary Gold ’70 Mark Schmidt The Liberty Terrace floor plan depicts the apartment-style layout of the complex. Graduate accommodations include $66.2 million, continues the Mark Schmidt four bedrooms and four baths trend of apartment-style per unit. All Empire Commons living. The 500-bed complex, apartments include kitchens, living which opened in Fall 2012 on rooms, and washers and dryers. A the east side of the campus, commons building houses exercise overlooks the pond behind “swing space” to house students and mail facilities, vending rooms, Indian Quad. A typical apartment while older uptown-campus staff offices and meeting areas. layout features four single bedrooms dormitories – the oldest opened All rooms provide high-speed and two baths. Liberty Terrace has nearly 50 years ago – can be gutted Internet access – an amenity since a number of commons areas. Like and remodeled. The complex retrofitted into older residence Empire Commons, it includes weight also boasts another distinction: halls at considerable expense. rooms, which are being retrofitted It’s environmentally sustainable. The $59 million cost of Empire into all uptown housing. UAlbany’s Equipped with a geothermal Commons’ construction was funded Student Housing Corporation heat-pump system, Liberty Terrace through tax-exempt municipal bonds. manages the complex. is expected to reduce energy UAlbany’s newest student housing, Although much smaller than Empire and water usage by 50 and Liberty Terrace, built at a cost of Commons, Liberty Terrace affords 45 percent, respectively. www.albany.edu 27 the Carillon Alumni News & Notes Clarkson University in May. Helen was able to 41 In November 2012, at the ages of 94 spend Mother’s Day with family before returning to Bay Shore Atria in New York. Another one and 96, respectively, Vincent Gillen and his wife, Margaret, celebrated their 70th wedding of her grandsons graduated from UMASS anniversary. Vince reports that he tried to get Amherst – now all five of her “varsity” are out of to the reunion, but was not able to make it. college, leaving the “junior varsity” five to follow He called Charlie Quinn, Shirley Tooker, in the years to come. Helen did her “Queen Buzz Miller, Josie Autilio, Janet Risacler Elizabeth” wave from a convertible in West and Harvey Klaus and found them all to Islip’s Memorial Day parade and participated be in reasonably good health, but they were in the after-parade festivities. Her work with also unable to attend the reunion. If you have historical societies, Atria programs and planning a news item please contact Vince, who now for the 36th County Fair keeps her busy. Sam lives in New Bern, N.C., at (252) 638-1048. Dickieson reports from Seneca Falls, N.Y., Norman Baldwin’s wife, Louise Owire ’43, that all is well with him and his wife, Dorothy passed away in 2003. He has since moved ’47. They are looking forward to their 66th into a retirement home in San Francisco, Calif. wedding anniversary. edna Wylie is continuing Norman, now 93, is still the secretary for the her work at her retirement community. Both of Stanford School of Business’ Class of 1947. her grandchildren are college students. Jane Miriam Newell Biskin is the author of many O’Brien is well and enjoys seeing her five books and remains active. children and 11 grandchildren. Isabel Cooper Baker’s grandson from Glens Falls, N.Y., earned Class notes councilor: Vince Gillen, first place in a recent pentathlon, and will enter email@example.com Syracuse University in the fall. He plays lead 47 College of the Atlantic commemorated trombone in the All State Youth Orchestra. Isabel and Robertson Baker ’49 have five its third president, Dr. Louis Rabineau, by grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. dedicating The Lou Ruth Doran from Baldwinsville, N.Y., is holding Rabineau Educational her own but not traveling. eileen Abrams Studies Center April 5. Pettersen and Wanda Tomasik Methe live in An avid educator who the Cohoes area, are doing well and see each had previously served other often. as chancellor of the Class notes councilor: Eleanor Holbig Alland, Connecticut Commission firstname.lastname@example.org for Higher Education, Lou served as president of COA from 1984 to 1993. 49 A note from your class councilor: I Lou’s intellectual curiosity, humor, openness and am sad to report that some of our classmates astute ability to engage experts in a wide variety have passed away recently. They are: Annette of fields have been credited with saving the Gardiner DeLyser (6/15/13), Horty college while it was in a state of turmoil. Zeilengold Schmierer (6/15/13), Joe Amyot (1/4/13), Jeanne Valochovic Carpenter 48 A note from your class councilor: (1/24/13), Joe Carosella (9/7/12), elsie Landau Finkelstein (1/21/13), George Frank Donald Sayles has summed up the feelings (2/12/13), and Larry Appleby (5/31/13). of the Class of 1948 by wondering what kind Bonnie Lewis Adkins notes that her of news people of our vintage might have granddaughter, Dee Hertzberg, has moved from that’s worth being published in The Carillon. Paraguay to Madagascar, where she is serving Since most of the men had started college as country director of Mission for the Peace in the early 1940s, then served in World War Corps. Bonnie and Lee have finally finished II, they are now approaching some 90 years remodeling their living quarters in Middlebury, of age. However, Don reports that he can still Vt. They have a new living area with a bedroom walk, see, hear, drive, sail, swim, read and do alcove. Now, classmates traveling through the yardwork. There are limitations about work, Vermont/New England area have a place to stay though. In army training, the march lasted free of charge. Bonnie states, “We are looking 50 minutes, followed by a 10-minute break. forward to our 65th reunion in 2014 and seeing Now any energy demanding work calls for 10 all of our classmates.” Doris Hoeninger minutes’ work and 50 minutes’ rest. He says Andersen writes from Grand Rapids, Mich., that he does value the magazine and mentions that her husband, Dan, a V-12 graduate of his happiness about the new football stadium, Union College, celebrated his 88th birthday May which will be opening this fall. Helen Kisiel 30. She keeps in touch weekly with Ruth Schick traveled for four days from Long Island Leiger Fishburn, who lives in Good Samaritan to Potsdam for her grandson’s graduation from Village in Kissimmee, Fla. Lena Sorcinella 28 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Capuano sounded so happy when also attends regular meetings of two teaching French at Gloversville High garden club. With two grandsons, she wrote about the birth of her great- book clubs (a true librarian!). In May, School in 1988. Being involved in three great-grandsons and the rest of grandson, Brady, born April 9, 2013. he attended the high-school church activities, the local library and their family, Janet and her husband Brady’s father, Marine Staff Sgt. graduation of a granddaughter. playing bridge regularly keep her celebrated their 60th wedding Wesley, is stationed in Japan and Richard Foster reports from Sarasota active and out of trouble. It was great anniversary in July. Audrey Schmay Okinawa, but made it home three days that he has little to complain about. He to receive a nice, long letter from Jones reports that her husband, Art, before the birth. Lena states: “Spring still plays for Vesper services and Janet Lewis Hanson. She graduated 92, is in poor health but great spirits. is unbelievably beautiful here in enjoys singing with the Harmonaires, from Fort Edward High School with He is receiving skilled nursing care in Altamont. It’s great to be alive and see playing bridge two or three times a Marea Battershall Reid-Roberts, the Vermont Veterans’ Home in the beauty all around us.” Doesn’t she week, and attending theater often. It Bob Nichols and Ursula Neuhaus Bennington. Audrey has a room in the sound happy?! elsa Moberg Cox was great to receive a letter from Schiff, all of whom attended NYSCT. “Dorm” and comes and goes as she writes that she is so busy in southern Mary Jane Peris Fredericks, who At Albany, Janet lived with nine other pleases. Congratulations to Audrey California that she does not even think was the editor of our yearbook, The girls on Western Avenue, in a house and Art on celebrating their 60th of traveling elsewhere. She did travel Pedagogue. She and her late husband, connected to Pierce Hall and called wedding anniversary in May. Audrey to Arizona for a week to visit her son Charlie, made many moves around the “New House.” The girls have remained keeps in touch with Betty Uline and grandson. Elsa is very involved in United States, including California and close all these years, although some engineri, Helen Califano Belanger church activities, serving as a circle Delaware, before settling in have passed away. Janet served as a and Glenyce Jones Trainor. Bob leader for a women’s group and as Gloversville, N.Y., near their Johnstown librarian in the Hudson Falls, N.Y., Kaiser proudly reports his grandson deacon, and administering communion roots. Charlie passed away far too Central School for 30 years and retired Alex graduated from St. Michael’s in to shut-ins. She may make plans to young in 1982, but Mary Jane states more than 20 years ago. She keeps Winooski, Vt., in May, and his attend our 65th reunion and again that she was fortunate to be left with active as a guide and archivist of grandson Zachary graduated from MIT bring her daughter Kristen. Don four terrific daughters. Her family now photographic materials for the Fort with a degree in graphic arts. Bob Dickinson continues to be involved in includes seven grandchildren and four Edward Historical Association; Janet Kittredge and wife Diana are on the his church library in Tucson, Ariz., and great-grandchildren. She retired from also belongs to AAUW and a local go, as usual. In January, they spent a Did you hear what’s happening? A Message from Lee Serravillo ~ Executive Director, UAlbany Alumni Association W ith this fall comes a new stadium, new fountains and a new School of Business building. stroll by the fountains will now be a stroll through (yes, through) the fountains with exciting new multi- access to a great education at an unbelievable value to the cutting- edge research that is creating new This is an exciting time for UAlbany color LED lighting. The business knowledge for the future. as we will have access to the types building will host collaborative Of course, our tailgate party prior of facilities worthy of UAlbany’s programming with business leaders to the big game on Saturday is stature. from every industry. always a can’t miss. Only this year the live music, food and games will What does this mean You’ve got to see this! take place in the shadow of our new for alumni? I invite you to join us as we embark on this next era of the UAlbany state of the art facility. Who knows, As your university grows, so maybe your image will even end up does its reputation as a leading journey. Homecoming Weekend on the new scoreboard? public research university. Our (october 18-20) will provide the perfect opportunity to experience Attend the game, tour the facilities, development is symbolic of the this new excitement. On Friday come home. Trust me, you will growing prestige of UAlbany and in night, you are welcome to a wine- not be disappointed. Please visit turn the value of your diploma. It tasting reception and tour of the www.albany.edu/homecoming13 also allows us to build school pride new business building. for detailed information about for future alumni (some people Homecoming Weekend. And, call them students) as they will Saturday’s tour of the campus will as always, please contact me at watch their first Colonial Athletic show you what’s new and remind email@example.com to find Association football game being you of what was. I guarantee you will out how you can stay connected played on the brand new Bob Ford be in awe of what goes on in these and collectively, we can make Field here on campus. A previous facilities every day, from providing UAlbany stronger. www.albany.edu 29 Alumni News & Notes which consists of martial arts, dancing has now taken up the responsibility of and healing arts and an osteo class. caring for her 96-year-old husband. Freddy Laemmerzahl Miller One daughter has moved from traveled to Fountain Hill, Ariz., to California back to Trumansburg, N.Y., attend her grandson’s high-school to be of assistance. Milli and her graduation. Oklahoma had some husband celebrated their 60th terrible tornadoes and floods in May, wedding anniversary in April. In June but Freddy said she was lucky and Joe and Joyce Zanchelli had two missed the devastation. Anne Sulich occasions to celebrate: their 62nd Raser, who lives in Los Angeles, wedding anniversary and the high- continues to participate in the school graduation of their grandson Women’s Health Initiative at UCLA as Patrick, who lives in Mechanicsville, she has for the past 20 years. She is Va. He will be attending Virginia also part of the California Teachers Commonwealth University starting this Study run by USC. Both activities keep fall. By now, you should have received her hopping, keeping regular a survey letter from our reunion appointments and filling out lengthy committee concerning our 65th questionnaires, but she feels her reunion, which may be our last. It efforts are worthwhile because the would be of tremendous help to our research these studies publish adds to committee if you would return it to us. Paul Dybas ’12 joined other alumni for an accepted-student our general knowledge about health Please explore all possible means to issues. Jerry Reisner and Estelle attend. WE NEED YOU! It was great to reception in Syracuse in March. He was one of 33 alumni who proudly report that two of their receive news from so many “new” volunteered to share their experiences and enthusiasm for UAlbany granddaughters have graduated from classmates for this edition; I am very at spring admissions receptions in New York, New Jersey, college. One is employed by the grateful for your cooperation. Connecticut and Massachusetts. federal government and one is a CPA. KEEP IT UP! Jerry states that he is finally retiring Class notes councilor: Joe Zanchelli, week at the Palm Springs Film a cruise through the Panama Canal. from substitute teaching and jokingly firstname.lastname@example.org Festival, and in May they flew to About once a month, they travel from says that he is now dependent upon Spokane, Wash., to attend the graduation of their granddaughter, Fresno to San Francisco to visit family and dine in their son’s restaurant, the Estelle for extra income. Estelle continues to donate blood and to date 50 A note from your class Hannah, from Gonzaga University. Tryptych. Gloria Maistelman has given 32½ gallons! Good going, councilor: elise DeSeve and Bob couldn’t help bragging about her Herkowitz and husband have their Estelle! Ursula Neuhaus Schiff Irwin Baumel remained in touch achievements: graduating summa house in Albany on the market and received a lengthy write-up in The after graduation. When both were cum laude and receiving both the plan to move to an independent Piper, the newspaper of the Glenridge widowed, they traveled together president’s four-year leadership retirement community. Gloria says in Retired Community, where she lives. to South America. Thereafter, they medal and the Honor Society medal. order to “keep moving or you lose it,” The article was a tribute to Ursula passed the spring and fall in Elise’s In November, Bob and Diana will be on she takes classes in Gentle Ballet, NIA, upon her retirement after serving for condo in Washington, D.C., and more than seven years as coordinator summer and winter in Irwin’s home in Whittier, Calif., enjoying the best 2014 Excellence Awards of ushers for the Glenridge state-of- the-art theater. From the article, it was of both locations. They have taken obvious that Ursula’s diligence and several trips abroad: three weeks organizational skills were instrumental in northern Italy, where they visited in developing a professional group of Sparky Vaughn in Florence, and CaLL For ushers. Betsy and Jake Schuhle report that four generations of three weeks in northern Spain, plus a trip to visit some of Elise’s family in noMInatIonS Schuhles gathered in May to celebrate Betsy’s 85th birthday. In mid-March, Alaska. They also took a weeklong trip to London, followed by a week in Paris. she traveled solo to North Carolina to Elise has been retired from teaching Recognize alumni and celebrate the 90th birthday of a for 20 years. Irwin has been out of the friends of the University beloved cousin. Jo Ann Joplin Stutz, line of fire for about the same period for their outstanding widowed since 1976, writes from of time. Fortunately, the income from achievements and Winter Park, Fla., that her three his real-estate properties is being children, six grandchildren and three managed by one of his daughters, service. More details great-grandchildren all keep her making travel possible. Irwin and and nomination forms entertained and involved in all those Elise have made three round trips are available at “landmarks of evolving lifelines.” Jo by car between Washington, D.C., Ann says that having spent time with and California, visiting state capitals www.albany.edu/alumni/ the U.S. Foreign Service in such “hot and friends. Another trip is planned excellenceawards.php. spots” as Iraq, Sudan, Morocco and for September, beginning in San Lebanon – before they were as “hot as Francisco, where Irwin will celebrate The nomination deadline they are now” – she thrives in the heat his 89th birthday watching the is Oct. 18, 2013. of Winter Park all year. Millicent Giants beat the Dodgers (hopefully). Robinson Tubbs reports that her life Irwin reports, “We are in pretty good has taken quite a turn. Instead of health for octogenarians and hope to volunteering with several groups, she squeeze out a few more good years.” 30 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Alumni News & Notes In April, Ben and Gloria Jackson possible. Earline had a great trip last college, and one is a junior at the transferred from the University of attended the spring concert of the August to Scandinavian countries, with University of Mary Washington in Vermont. Kitty also reports that her New Albany Symphony Orchestra in several days on the fiords of Norway Virginia. Vickie is grateful that her five mini-quilt group just finished a New Albany, Ohio. It was the first time (“Absolutely beautiful”) and felt very children are healthy and remain Quilt of Valor and is sending it off to they were able to combine a visit with much at home in Denmark, where involved with their children and with Afghanistan. Each wounded soldier Benita and her family and a concert her last name is among the most her, whether she is at her winter home receives a quilt when he or she is since she became a member of this common. In May, her oldest grandson, in Yuma, Ariz., or in her summer home taken to the hospital. It is theirs to community orchestra. In an interesting Dylan, graduated from the College of in Olean, N.Y. “I am very blessed,” she keep and was made by a quilter in coincidence, the conductor’s father Environmental Science and Forestry at writes. evie erdle eisenhard states the United States. Jane Minckler was the conductor of the Saratoga Syracuse University. Harold “Sparky” that she and her husband now live in Jennings writes that, this spring, she, School for the Performing Arts when Vaughn served on the host committee Ashburn, Va., just west of Washington, her daughter and son-in-law visited Benita spent the year there while in for the University at Albany reception in D.C., in Ashby Ponds. She says there her niece in her beautiful, huge house high school. Lila Lee Harrington Washington D.C., in honor of the new are lots of interesting things to do on the outskirts of Tucson, Ariz. Jane wrote from Ames, Iowa, while visiting president, Dr. Robert Jones. He would there, which keeps them busy. Cheryl, said they saw many interesting sights her daughter, Leslie, and family for like to continue playing tennis but has one of their daughters, lives close by and had beautiful weather. She also two and a half weeks over Mother’s run out of partners, which he realizes and works at the United States reported that Mimi Gorski Blake’s Day. She attended her grandson is subject to various interpretations. Geological Survey in Reston, Va. She husband fell, which necessitated a Andy’s high-school graduation Daughter Karen just returned from ends her email with, “so many partial hip replacement, followed by and enjoyed family time together. a month in Florence, Italy, where interesting things to do daily … we rehab. Anna Morrissey Karpiak had In February, they were blessed to she and a few friends stayed in the are always busy.” Tom Holman a lovely four-day trip to the Catskills spend a glorious week in Sarasota, Vaughn family apartment, as they did reports that he’s still avoiding Long with the members of her St. Pius X Fla. From Ames, Lila will fly back a year ago. Her architect daughter, Island winters by spending them in Senior Club. She said, “It is so much to her Saratoga Springs apartment Christine, came near the end. In June, Naples, Fla., and St. Maarten. He was better to travel with people you know at Prestwick Chase and resume Sparky will join much of the family in in New York City in March to help and like (as well as those with whom work on the in-house newspaper, California to take part in the wedding entertain his nephew and his nephew’s you have so much in common) rather The Chase; review Belva Plain’s of a grandson, Matthew Scaglione, daughter, who came from Japan for than alone.” True, Anna. Dave Manly Heartwood for Book Chat; check on son of daughter Connie. her first visit to the United States: alluded to some maladies and the bluebird houses’ and interview “Good to see the Big Apple through medicines but says retirement living Class notes councilor: residents. She hopes to visit Maggie the eyes of a 15-year-old.” On May at Hilton Head is still wonderful. He Audrey Koch Feathers, Winne in Oneonta this summer. Lila 18, Kitty Kloser Irons welcomed continues to fill the pulpit at nearby email@example.com keeps in touch with Jeanne Walsh Megan, her oldest granddaughter, churches while up north, more often in Norwich and Audrey Feathers in Glens Falls. “Hello to all my ’50 51 Howard Swartz, husband of home from South Africa, where she had spent the second semester of her preaching than officiating at weddings or funerals. “Life is good with caring classmates. Life is good.” Marjory D. Goldie Brenner Swartz ’51, made junior year. Her younger sister Erin has wife Jean in our 48th year of Lyons continues an active life with a a generous contribution to The Goldie joined her at St. Michael’s, having marriage.” Maureen Davis Mullin major focus on the theater. On May 4 Brenner Swartz ’51 and Howard and 5, she appeared in a short play, Swartz Scholarship Fund on Mother’s the comedy Dead to Right by Jon Day, in memory of Goldie and in Frangipane, a member of the South dedication to all mothers past, present Florida playwrights group active in the and future. Goldie, who passed away Fort Lauderdale area. “A wonderful June 1, 2010, was the mother of their cast party,” Marjory wrote. In March, two sons, Mark and Barry. Howard she attended a University at Albany misses Goldie very much. Alumni Association event where she met the new president, Dr. Robert 52 A note from your class Jones. She brought the Class of 1950 councilor: Jeanne Seymour earle Pedagogue Yearbook, which Dr. Jones has some happy news. Her son Chuck found intriguing. She was the judge was married in September 2012 to a for the young-adult category of entries “very wonderful young woman” and is in the South Florida Annual Writing now involved in settling into a new contest. It was the 15th year of the apartment. Best wishes, Chuck. contest, which began when she was Although Jeanne is no longer subbing, president. Some years ago, Marjory she is still working three days a week taught young-adult literature at Nova at the Putnam Valley Library, Southeastern University, where she overseeing her large property and currently works online with doctoral taking care of her health. Vickie students. She will be in Washington in eadie eddy brings us up to date on July and plans to see Sparky Vaughn her oldest daughter, Pamela, who was and other friends in the area. earline named a full professor in the higher “Ken” Sorensen wrote that nothing education department at William and much has changed – “which is Mary College. She also received the President Robert J. Jones and Nishtha Modi ’12 chat during probably a good thing” – since she last Senior Scholar Award from the Council wrote. She still walks every day; does the fifth annual Celebration of Vital Volunteers April 20. for the Study of Community Colleges. Tai Chi daily; does volunteer work; She and husband David have three Modi, Samantha Hiza ’13 and Jennifer Pollard ’13 shared their and, best of all, travels as much as children; two have graduated from compelling volunteer experiences with more than 125 volunteers. www.albany.edu 31 in Hilo, Hawaii. It was held in a pagoda with all the Hawaiian traditions. Sounds beautiful. Jean and Smitty are planning a 22-day cruise later this year from Rome to Athens, Cairo, and home from Istanbul, with more stops in between. They will celebrate their 61st wedding anniversary this year. Jean also states, “Our reunion last year was wonderful, and we wish more of you would attend.” Marilyn Johnson VanDyke, class president, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy honored seven distinguished individuals for their and Joan Roeder Barron, class outstanding contributions in the areas of political science, public administration, leadership and councilor, attended UAlbany’s continuing professional development at its annual Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony May 17. Department of English 2013 Recognition Ceremony during Left to right: Dean David Rousseau; The Honorable Bonnie Jenkins, M.P.A. ’88; The Honorable John graduation weekend. They presented McHugh, M.P.A. ’77, The Honorable Addie Russell B.A. ’00; Brian Fessler B.A. ’06, M.P.A. ’07; the Class of ’52 Scholarship to English Peter Brusoe, B.A. ’03, M.A. ’04; Edward Murphy, M.P.A. ’81; George P. Richardson; major Samuel Joseph Gorenstein. Assistant Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer; and Department of Political Science Chair Julie Novkov. They met Samuel’s parents and brother after the ceremony and expresses regrets that she missed our Belmont, Mass., so they relived old learned the Gorensteins are from got a good review in The New York 60th reunion, but she had accepted a times. She adds that SUNY Albany is Guilderland. Samuel is planning to Times. Let’s hope we soon see it on job teaching French at Santa Ynez getting well known on the West Coast study improvisational performance Broadway. Congratulations to Joe High School. Two of her sons live and that the four years she spent at in New York City. Marilyn proudly Persico on the publication of his 12th there, one of whom also teaches at the Albany were four of the best years of announces that her grandson, book, Roosevelt’s Centurions and the high school; the other is a professor at her life. Joan Bennett Kelly spent Alexander Aust, completed his first Commanders He Led to Victory in UC Santa Barbara. With her in the high two weeks with “the kids” because year as director of Brubacher Hall, World War II. The book, which deals school were her grandchildren Abigail her daughter turned 50 and her which is now leased to The College with FDR’s relationships with his in 9th grade; Alice in 12th grade; granddaughter turned 21 – milestones of Saint Rose and houses first-year military commanders, has already and Maureen and her son in the both. She attended a track meet in garnered favorable reviews. The 650- students from CSR. Alex has a classroom: “We were running the Binghamton and two lacrosse games page volume includes 70 pages of bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta show.” She had an interesting in two different states. Those Kellys bibliography and source notes and and a master’s in student living from conversation with Joan Baez this year. sure do get around. Joan’s oldest took Joe four years to write. Nancy Saint Rose. A nice, long email from Ms. Baez and her sister, Mimi, were in granddaughter has the lead in an Frey Pettinelli sent her usual Bill Wiley tells us that he retired Maureen’s class when she taught in off-Broadway play, Blood Brothers; it “tongue-in-cheek” humorous as president of his Townhomes response. She starts her email, “Well, Association coincident with him and Welcome this just in … I have just won the his wife moving to a great Hilton Head lottery for the sixth time this year … senior community that provides all I’m pretty much set for life now …” kinds of trips, activities and diversions. She surely has fun with her “news.” Their “kids” are spread up the to our new Alumni Association Shirley Feinstein Rosenbaum East Coast: two in Florida with two sounds very involved. She’s an active granddaughters (one working for Best Board Members member of the League of Women Voters (LWV) and a board member Buy and the other a very talented middle schooler); and one in Marietta, of both the Virginia state and local Ga., with two grandkids, a boy who is leagues. This year, she was trained Bill’s namesake, a great Cub Scout as a coach for the Membership and superior lacrosse and soccer Development Learning Program for player, and a girl who is a joy and a LWV. She also continues to perform good soccer player. She’s also a in the Morgantown Community flautist and sings like a bird! A Orchestra. Good to hear from daughter in Indianapolis has two Kathleen Cody Sengle, who daughters. One, an electrical engineer celebrated two granddaughters’ working with an aerospace company college graduations: one in nursing in Dayton, is taking a leave to from Pittsburgh, and the other in attend the University of Arizona to industrial design from Pratt. She hopes get her master’s; the other is an anthropologist from Grinnell College. Catherine Provost ’05 Elizabeth Ukpe ’07 to attend her 65th high school reunion Bill’s oldest daughter, who has her in Cazenovia in July, then spend a Senior Manager of Merchandising Manager, doctorate in art history, has worked week in Maine in August. Kathleen Alumni Engagement, Moda Operandi also hopes to get together with most of her career as a development National Society of classmate Barbara Anderson consultant for universities, hospitals Collegiate Scholars Hadden sometime this summer. and other entities. Joyce Leavitt Jean Faville Smith celebrated her Zanchelli and husband Joe had two daughter’s wedding on Valentine’s Day reasons to celebrate: Their grandson 32 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Alumni News & Notes Patrick, who lives outside Richmond, of us went on to earn more degrees; Linda Hopkins McGrath tells us that ’53’s secondary teacher with the Va., graduated from high school some went to teach in secondary all is well in Naples, Fla. Fortunately, greatest longevity! When questioned and will be attending Virginia schools; others found jobs where they she enjoys good health. She plays a lot whether or not she is still teaching, her Commonwealth University in the could use their talents; and others of golf and bridge, and works with the reply was: “Yes, I am still in the saddle fall, and they celebrated their went into the military. Since that boards of her homeowners association and loving it, but many changes are 62nd wedding anniversary. Joyce sunshiny day of our graduation, some and country club. Linda has two young on the horizon all around, including and Joe continue to enjoy life in no longer are with us. Reading the list grandsons, ages 2 and 5, and family teaching and medicine. Probably this Saratoga Springs, N.Y., where of those who have passed on, one is visits are high on her list of activities. will be my last year. The poor district there are a number of activities reminded that we are no longer those She sends warm greetings to her has put up with me for 50 years.” It’s to keep them busy. young graduates who had the world former classmates and has high hopes this reporter’s opinion that the Class notes councilor: Joyce Zanchelli, before them. Our class of close to 300 that a 60th reunion becomes a viable Webster, N.Y., educational system has firstname.lastname@example.org has lost 96 – almost 35 percent. Let undertaking. Irene Brezinski indeed been lucky to have Betty there us remember them with those lovely McDonald’s travel with husband Dan for that length of time! Betty, you 53 A note from your class words from “Follow the Gleam,” the Torch Night Song: “When the sun sets has become limited because of Dan’s glaucoma-induced blindness, but they amaze us! Janet Norton DeFabio tried changing her address but went councilor: It has been 60 years since still keep busy at the nearby University back to her beloved Florida. “In on college days, resplendent with love the Class of 1953 graduated from of South Alabama, enjoying the music January of 2012, I sold my home and you’ve won; when you leave all the what was then New York State College programs and the great recreation moved to North Carolina (near friendly ways to those who will after for Teachers. What good times we had center there. Irene and Dan still live at Charlotte and one of my three come. We will follow, follow the gleam, getting to know one another in Frosh the same address in Mobile, Ala. daughters!). I stayed until June 1, torches alight, all through the night; Camp, participating in rivalry, being Despite their attempts to bribe their 2012, when I moved back to Florida!! we will follow, follow the gleam, of the awed by the faculty, and doing our children with room and board and Mayflower Moving loves me and I love Great Fires of S.C.T.” Millie Foote student teaching. Students today have other benefits to live in Mobile, the Florida!!!” As with a lot of us, Janet’s Frandino Sheerin was the first to trouble believing that women students children continue to live in Phoenix, activities have been scaled down in respond to our call for news from the of our time had curfew – and that, Austin, and St. Croix. Irene writes a the last few years. After eight years consequently, the men had a curfew, class. She’s still full of that pep she exhibited as a student and walking column for their diocesan publication as a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish as well. So many of the upper- Catholic Week, a kind of non- Fundation, she is now planning to classmen were WWII veterans; how we three miles a day! She reported that she, Ruth Dunn Reed and Joan denominational affair called “Reading begin participating in the volunteer admired them. A great number of us and Renewal.” Irene went on to say program at Golisano Children’s were first-generation Americans and Allen Balfe enjoyed a mini-reunion at Ruth’s home in Rome, N.Y., last year. that the McDonalds love company and Hospital in Fort Myers. Janet is still were fulfilling our parents’ dreams of would enjoy seeing any alums who ready to get back in the saddle! In seeing their children succeed through “We still try to meet at least every year or two at one or another’s homes.” venture to this lovely area; as an March 2013, her family gathered for education. There we were on the old enticement, she added that there a second time in Myrtle Beach – and campus, where you could move from Millie recently directed the Neil Simon play “Lost in Yonkers” for a local are beaches nearby. Unless we hear they have decided to come together one building to the next via the elegant differently, we have to list Betty annually. Janet went on to say, “I even peristyles. As freshmen, we had to community theatre in Orleans on Cape Cod. She manages to stay involved in Coykendall-Hart as the Class of went horseback riding with everyone wear our red beanies, and we gave homage to Minerva in the rotunda of either acting or directing as often as Draper Hall. We were required to she can. She proudly told us that she all-alumni Wine tasting answer questions from our handbooks is blessed with 18 grandchildren and when stopped by upperclassmen – has her first “great” on the way! Can’t help but wonder if Millie wins the prize especially the dreaded Sophomore Yellowjackets. Proudly, we performed for having the most grandchildren! Rosie Keller Hughes and Bob at the new School of in our Big-4 productions and cheered for our Red Devil teams. Was there ever a better life? Because our class Hughes are quite proud of their son, who won an Emmy in April as Business Building was relatively small when compared to today’s classes, we knew one another producer for a documentary, Signs of the Time, about the signs used in oct. 18, and greeted our classmates when encountering them. We got our mail baseball. This is the first year that the Hugheses haven’t gone on a major 5-7 p.m. in The Commons and met there for trip, but they hope to get back in the noontime dancing. If we had extra swing next year. They’ve traveled to 61 Start off the funds, we could eat at “The Boul” – or, countries; they set a goal to visit 100, weekend activities even better, go to Joe’s Delicatessen but time has marched on and is running out. During some of their at the all-alumni for indescribably wonderful sandwiches. The years went swiftly foreign travel, they have researched Wine tasting and by and, with great surprise, we were their genealogical roots. Rosie has get your first glance graduating. One never expected the 13,971 relatives on her family tree, at the new School of Business. Connect sadness as we watched our class thus far. Both Bob and Rosie agree officers walk off into the dark with our that the Internet has been the greatest with alumni from all classes, while enjoying a banner on their backs as Torch Night tool in their quest. Hank Koszewski sample of new York wines and cheeses. came to an end. We were expected to stopped in Rochester on his way to tours of the building will be available grow up now … to put into practice Toronto a year or two ago and regaled throughout the evening. register at what we had learned. We were well Bob and Rosie with his life in Hawaii. prepared for the world after State; no Hank should be getting a stipend for www.albany.edu/alumni/homecoming13.php. better education could be found. Some promoting our beautiful 50th state! www.albany.edu 33 Alumni News & Notes (and I have the pictures to prove it!).” genealogy and has used the Internet and Marie were both volunteering in Doing physical or adventurous things seems to be a theme in our class of in her quest. The Hoffman Labs email, her son’s website, is how we the Education building, so he knew it 54 Gerry Holzman has wasn’t true. (Mark Twain would have started a blog about senior citizens. For his 80th birthday connected with Marie. She told us all enjoyed this situation, as he is the quirkiness and last year, Bob Hughes was given a about her son and his wife, something quoted as having said, “The reports unpredictability of flying lesson. It had always been his we all tend to do; talk about our kids; of my death have been greatly life by relating some secret wish to learn how to fly. He they live in New Hampshire. No exaggerated.”) In the late ’90s, Marie unusual, and oft-times loved the whole experience: a half- grandchildren, but her son produced ran for Poestenkill town justice and humorous, moments hour of instrument instruction, then an two computer books, “one adopted became the first woman judge in town. in his 43 years of hour of soaring over the beautiful by some college as a textbook.” After that, she tried a seat on the town chiseling and gouging countryside of western New York, from Her daughter-in-law, Kelly Kreiger board for four years. At the end of that as a woodcarver. Rochester to Canandaigua. Bob’s Hoffman, worked in the computer lab stint, Marie wanted more time to He updates the blog flying time included takeoff; he would at SUNY in the early 1980s. Now she weekly on Mondays and volunteer at the New York State have handled the landing, too, if the works for Agilent Technologies. Marie hopes that by telling Library, so she didn’t seek re-election. wind had not been so strong that day. retired at 55 in 1986 from Algonquin a few of his own stories, readers will She was (and still is) active in Capital Another item was checked on Bob’s Middle School in Averill Park, N.Y. She come away with some useful ideas bucket list: He is thinking of taking was happy to report that she did not District Genealogical Society. Marie has bad knees, which got her out of for surviving and even flourishing in another lesson this year! Marie die several years back, as reported by this increasingly perplexing world. Hoffman earned a chuckle for her the alumni magazine. Paul Ward the State Library, but she gets around More information: http://www. comment: “Please condense as you straightened that out before Marie pretty well and is still driving. Her soundsofcarving.com. Dick Bailey see fit. A keyboard encourages me to even knew her death had been health is good. She had some laser sends regards to all 54’ers from sunny ‘talk’ too much.” No condensing was incorrectly reported. It was another eye surgeries and the usual little northern California. This summer, he needed. Marie is very interested in woman of the same name, and Paul things that all of us get. Joyce Turner and his partner, Geri West, plan to visit Ogden loves her location: “I’ve been the Boston; Geri’s son is a professor retired out here in Olympia, Wash., for of astrophysics at Boston University. about 17 years. I love not having to They will also be in the Finger Lakes shovel snow (used the shovel just four area visiting some of Dick’s relatives. times since arriving) and don’t mind Art Stone is still working steadily the rain that comes and comes from at his costume company, making about September 25 to July 5. So if costumes for dance studios all over anybody is traveling this way they can the United States and many other leave their umbrellas behind and enjoy parts of the world. He also is still our NON-humid version of summer Who says U putting out a magazine about dance after those dates.” Joyce went on to teachers. Art currently is teaching at say that she has happily shared a conventions in Chicago and Phoenix, can’t make a house with her “never-married daughter,” and they’ve done a marvelous job of taking care of each but only ballroom dancing. At his age, he is thrilled to still be doing what he loves. ed Osterhout and his wife, difference at UA? other. Her daughter has had cancer since 2007, and the doctor is confounded every month when she Carol, are still actively participating in Volunteers in Mission. They completed their 17th annual mission to Salem, Get involved on a level that’s comfortable for you. Maine, to work on poverty housing walks into his office yet another time. this past July. Ed spent his 80th VOLUNTEER According to Joyce, Olympia is a great place for gardeners. In April, she had birthday moving his mother-in-law about 17 different kinds of flowers into a condo; he also helped move in blossom; in May, there were his daughter and son-in-law to New about a dozen – plus the multiple Mexico. Ed’s house was recently The possibilities are endless. rhododendrons. “The downside, of remodeled to make it accessible for course, is that when the sun DOES their 42-year-old multiple sclerosis- afflicted son. Barbara Vanderveer shine, I’m out there wearing out my • Join a board committee. • Assist at alumni events, retired from Finger Lakes Community back and shoulders pulling weeds.” • Help plan a milestone such as Homecoming and College, where she held a really Your councilor wants to thank all those class reunion or an affinity Big Purple Growl. interesting part-time job as manager who contributed to the first of her of the computer help desk. The reunion. • Mentor students or class notes, but she is expecting an retirement lasted over the winter. • Host or assist with planning young alumni. even greater response for the next Now, Barbara works as a docent an event in your area as a • Represent UAlbany at alum magazine! The Class of ’53 was at Rose Hill Mansion, a restored regional volunteer. Admissions receptions a great participatory group. Don’t let Greek revival mansion owned by the or college fairs. me down; live up to your great Geneva Historical Society. She also reputation! Help me do a good job has spent time working at The Center keeping us connected! Stay well and of Concern and the affiliated food Contact email@example.com enjoy each moment! pantry. In addition, Barbara made or 1-800-836-2586 for details. Class notes councilor: time to visit her daughter in Willsboro Rose Mary (Rosie) Keller Hughes, Bay, N.Y. James Thompson turned Rhughes5@rochester.rr.com 80 last fall and had two parties in 34 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Arash Alaei, second from left, and Kamiar Alaei, second from right, pose with UAlbany Alumni Association President Timothy Murphy ’77, left, and University President Robert J. Jones, right, after receiving the Citizen of the University Award at the 2013 Excellence Awards Gala in April. The brothers were among 15 alumni and friends of the University honored at the annual event. honor of the milestone. The first, mostly for family, was at his son’s home in New Jersey; the other was in Latham, N.Y., for a limited number of friends. James sees Bill Floyd once a month for lunch, so he celebrated at the Latham party. James also got the chance to visit his son, a Navy captain in Washington, D.C.; his son and family in New Jersey; and his daughter and her family in Vermont this past year. He and his wife enjoyed their summer season at Tupper Lake, N.Y., with their travel trailer. Gertrude Smith Daly reports that she is 80 years old and is in pretty good health. She is still working with the Hudson River Shakespeare Company, where her daughter is the general manager, her son is the artistic director and Gertrude is the treasurer. The company is in its 15th year of operation. John Centra is still consulting with a former employer, Educational Testing Service. Vincent de Paul Society and at the house there. Phyl Weaver spent four reunion in Maine this past summer, He also is conducting an evaluation nearby St. Francis Retreat House; weeks in Laos and Vietnam this past with family members traveling in from study of online teaching and learning. Jim also helps out at the retreat May. Anne Sichel has moved from New Mexico, New Hampshire, Florida, He and Nancy spent their 12th year house. They have been residents of Michigan to a lovely retirement home, California and Europe. Bradford and wintering in Charleston, S.C. Bonnie Easton, Pa., for more than 50 years, North Hill, in Needham, Mass. She has Ingeborg Miller celebrated their 48th Brousseau had major back surgery and Jim is entering his 49th year as been playing duplicate bridge, and wedding anniversary May 14 during in June, so she wasn’t able to travel the public-address announcer for enjoyed the weather this past spring a trip to South Carolina. They were this past summer, but is hoping that Lafayette College athletics. They’re season. Joseph Stella has been able to visit the fantastic 9,000-acre this year will be better. John Cooper also preparing for a grandson’s keeping busy attending graduation Brookgreen Sculpture Gardens on and his wife followed their visit to the wedding and a granddaughter’s ceremonies for his his granddaughter, Pawleys Island. The gardens contain Oregon Shakespeare festival with a departure for Pennsylvania State. from Drexel Medical School, and more than 1,000 bronze and stone trip to central Oregon this past June. In Stu and Myra Macnofsky went to his grandson, from Johns Hopkins statues, all done by American artists. August, they headed to Alaska to visit San Diego. From there, they took a University. Joseph notes that he and Bradford and his wife even spotted Denali, also known as Mount McKinley. trip to California Berkeley for their his wife, Madeleine, are fine and strive some alligators on their visit. Arline Aside from traveling, John has been grandson’s graduation and attended to keep pace with their active family. Lacy and George Wood report that delivering meals on wheels. Trying to their granddaughter’s graduation from They also enjoy the pleasures of they lead a pretty relaxed life with keep alive intellectually, he has sent the University of California. They also retirement, mainly golf, bridge, cultural no bumps in the road. They hoped to off a scholarly article on Milton for stopped over in Santa Barbara and events, reading, and visiting family and spend time at their house at Babcock publication. John also enjoys spending Paso Robles along the way. eileen friends. Mimi Webb enjoyed a family Lake in Petersburg, N.Y., this past time with his one granddaughter, who Sloth retired this past July after just turned five. Bea and Jim Finnen serving as a minister in the Methodist are doing well and staying involved in Church for 23 years. She is planning their community. Bea belongs to two to move to Jacksonville, Fla., after she book clubs and volunteers for the St. and her husband, Sven, purchase a Class reunions: Make new Memories and relive old ones! It’s coming! reunion 2013 (Classes of 2003, 1988, 1973 and 1963) is just right around the corner. Follow the crowd and head back to campus to rediscover ualbany. Bring your great Dane spirit and celebrate your milestone reunions with us. For details, visit www.albany.edu/alumni/homecoming13.php. Members of the Class of 1954 met in May for their annual get-together. www.albany.edu 35 Alumni News & Notes summer. Frank Giannone spent three mom’s college generation (two before granddaughter’s wedding in Colorado. of Barcelona by Lotta, a Swedish months in Maui last winter, as he and me) reminisce about their days of Jan Garvin Gillespie is pleased exchange student who was in Nancy’s his wife, Laura, usually do, enjoying education and pure fun. I admire that with her new home in Hilton Head high-school Spanish class when she the sun, sand and sea. Laura was you do make the effort to get together Island, S.C. In addition to pursuing her used to teach. In February, Nancy recovering from back surgery, and every year.” interest in genealogy, she enjoys the and John spent a day with Charlie the Hawaiian weather was just what Class notes councilor: company of her daughter’s family, who and Doris Hische Brossy at Disney she needed. They are now settled Bernice Gunsberg Shoobe, live nearby. The 2013 recipient of the World in Orlando for a long-overdue back in Rochester, N.Y., hard at work firstname.lastname@example.org Class of 1955 Award, Josiah Boehike, mini-reunion. getting their gardens back into shape wrote to express his gratitude for our and maintaining their 118-year-old historic house. If you would like to see 55 A note from your class generosity as he pursues a master’s degree in the University’s curriculum 61 A note from your class councilor: Dee Montalbano’s book, councilor: Thanks, everyone, for some scenes of their home, visit their development and instructional Crossing Seventy: Moments in keeping in touch and sending in your website at www.berkeleymansion. technology program. As a student Outrageous Aging, has been published class notes. It is always good to hear com. If any of you are visiting in the teacher, he won praise from his as an e-book and is currently available from you. If you are not receiving my Rochester area, please call Frank and supervisor for his creative teaching from Amazon.com, “cheaply,” she methods. Take a moment to pencil in emails, please send me your current Laura and they will share a bottle of says. And, as a by-the-way to her 2015 for our class’ 60th anniversary. email address (melandsis@yahoo. wine and memories of things past. email, she added that, after two years, Details later. com). Sissy and I have been enjoying Rose Mary Zongrone reports that her request for citizenship has been our four granddaughters, a winter because they had such a good time at Class councilor: John Orser, granted by the Italian government. In month in Florida, vacations in Ireland the 25th reunion years ago, a group email@example.com 2012, Dee and Nancy Bush had a and Las Vegas, and keeping active of classmates decided to meet for lunch on an annual basis. They have been meeting for 34 years as of this reunion at Nancy’s oceanside North Carolina home – an affectionate and 56 Margie Kelleher Shea writes in the yard and in my organizations (Rotary, US-China Friends and laugh-filled visit, they agreed. Joan that she and George (Jerry) continue Character Education). Minerva Janet past August. This year, they met in Rogers writes that her husband, to enjoy cultural and political life in Woodward Beardsley has lost 55 May, when Buz Neumetzger was Ray Peterson, died in 2012. Joan’s New York City. pounds over the past year. Dr. Peter visiting from Florida. This year’s group home is Cape Vincent, N.Y., and she Class notes councilor: Vivian Benenati, A. Spina was named president included Dottie Potochnik; Mary spends her winters in Florida. Dottie TomVivian@aol.com emeritus of the State University of Lou Ricci; Bernice Shoobe; Barb and Custer Quick are delighted with New York Institute of Technology at Usborne; Rose Mary Zongrone; Buz and her daughter, Cheryl; and good friend Lucretia Zongrone. A note another grandchild, born in 2012. In June, Ada and Mel Gollub took a 59 A note from your class Utica/Rome May 6, 2013. He served as president there from 2003-2008. councilor: Our Facebook page, This is his second such honor; he from Cheryl Neumetzger: “I would Baltic Sea cruise. Wilma Thorton formerly “Green Gremlins of Albany was delighted by the same cruise was named president emeritus like to thank you for your card and State,” is now titled Class of 1959, in May. In June, Wilma attended her of Monroe Community College in birthday gift. It was nice to observe my SUNY Albany. The page can be found Rochester in 1999. Judith Bacon here: http://on.fb.me/147pSLI. Herb Bleezarde spent a lot of time on Piper and I are the only two there, so the beautiful Taconic Golf Course in far. Log on and send us a greeting, Williamstown, Mass., this past spring. CalenDar of events responses, “likes” or pictures. For the next “Alumni News” for Class of She also enjoyed summer theater and Tanglewood and notes that the 1959, please send information to Berkshires in the summer are glorious. September firstname.lastname@example.org or Judith invites anyone to come visit! 23-28 – Celebrate & Advance UAlbany to Alumni Association, University at Irv Freedman retired 16 years ago Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, 24 – An Evening with Broadway’s Carolee Carmello ’83 Albany, NY 12222. Jane Bruskawicz from SUNY-Administration, where he was vice chancellor for Capital Stephan is a medical technologist October and has been a member of the Facilities and general manager of the 11-13 – EOP Reunion State University System Construction New York State Society of Medical Fund. Jackie, Irv’s wife, who graduated 18-20 – Homecoming and Reunion and Family Weekend Technologists for more than 30 years. after us but knew most everyone in She has been employed full and now 18 – GOLD Reunion, Albany our class, also retired just before Irv part time for 45 years and is also as executive director of the Large City 18 – All-Alumni Wine Tasting at the School of Business blood-bank technologist certified Boards of Education. Since then, they through the American Society for 19 – Touchdown Tailgate Clinical Pathology. Her grandson, have strived to be model grandparents to six wonderful kids (three from 25 – Atlanta Alumni Reception with President Jones Derek Treonze, also will be a graduate China), and they spend lots of time of UAlbany, and she couldn’t be at their house on Brant Lake. Irv and November any happier. Jackie hope to hear about others in 8 – UAlbany vs. Siena Basketball Game Class councilor: Miriam Russell, their classes. Janet Beardsley had email@example.com a great winter in Florida and learned and Pregame Party how to play mah jong. Next winter, 11 – Culinary Institute of America Dinner and Tour 60 John and Nancy Lou Ryan she is going to learn how to play For additional events and details, visit Gnan enjoyed a pleasant 21-day pickleball; it is all the rage in Florida. transatlantic cruise in May, stopping Her grandson is now 13, and her www.albany.edu/alumni in Gibraltar; France; and Italy, where granddaughter is 11. They are the they visited Florence, Pisa and Rome. delights of her life. Janet expects to They were treated to a royal tour do the Great Escape with them this 36 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 New graduates played the Great Dane Toss, won prizes and learned about GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) at the Alumni Association’s GOLD tent at the May Commencement Picnic. coming summer. Jan Goodermote Rubin Bernstein is sorry she was Newport and her husband are now not able to make the 50th reunion. completely retired. Due to health She has such fond memories of her considerations, they sold their house days as an undergraduate at Albany, in Poestenkill, N.Y., last fall. They but unfortunately, she has been out of had lived there for 48 years. They touch with many of our classmates. now own a townhouse near Hudson She does see Connie Herodes and Valley Community College, which they Barbara Dolansky every so often, love. Two of their three children live as they all live in the Poughkeepsie locally, so they are able to see them area. Nancy and Sandy ’58 celebrated frequently. Their youngest son and their 50th anniversary. They have his family, including the two youngest three daughters and five grandsons. grandchildren, live in Charleston, S.C., They have been fortunate to enjoy so they travel now primarily to visit retirement. Donna Steele Parks there. Jan and her husband have been still lives in “God’s Country” a.k.a. privileged to have three grandsons; Watertown, N.Y., where they have unfortunately, the first was killed at snow but no tornadoes or floods! She age 16 nine years ago by a drunken has been married 52 years; Donna New York State Association of Black Raleigh, N.C., although two years were hit-and-run driver. Every year on and her husband have five children and Puerto Rican Legislators, which spent on assignment in Nice, France. his birthday, their family and friends and nine grandchildren whom they was held in conjunction with the He now stays busy with three nonprofit ring the Salvation Army bells in his happily enjoy during their retirement. Westchester Black Women’s Political memory. After having majored in social organizations. He is in his third year as She still enjoys her horses (and also a Caucus’ 32nd Annual Leadership studies at Albany, Jan received an secretary of the United States Power very spoiled springer spaniel), and she Breakfast. Alice is the executive up-close-and-live dose of government Squadrons® District 27 (mostly North has been reading John Sullivan’s book. director of the Center for Law and in action following Christopher’s death. Carolina). Dave volunteers two days Donna had a great time reconnecting Justice in Albany, N.Y. She also is an With great effort and time, the family with old friends at the 50th reunion, a week at Saint Saviour’s Center, a adjunct professor at UAlbany, and venue for several different services for succeeded in having a law passed and she wishes good luck and good has taught at Russell Sage and Siena that makes “leaving the scene” the health to you all. Joan Valesente and low-income families and the elderly. College over the years. He also is a founding member and the same degree felony as is DWI in Bob sold their home and purchased a New York State. Their intent was to Class notes councilor: current administrative officer of Global townhome a few blocks away on the encourage drivers to stay with the J. Sheril McCormack, H20, a charity that provides clean marsh in Hilton Head, S.C. They enjoy victim and get help, as opposed to firstname.lastname@example.org water in poor countries. In November beautiful sunsets from their deck, leaving the scene in order to “sober 2012, Dave and his wife, Carolyn, up.” They also advocated strongly for but not all the remodeling projects. Their children and grandchildren all 65 Dave Simons retired from spent two weeks in Uganda, widespread implementation of the live nearby, so they can visit often. IBM Corp. in 2005 after 42 years of where the GH20 team saw the ignition interlock device, knowing that Joan and Bob celebrated their 51st service. Most of that time was spent in completion of seven new wells and its usage could be a significant factor anniversary this past summer and in preventing DWI-related deaths. The note that life is good. only member of our class with whom Class Councilor: Mel Horowitz, she maintains close contact is Dave email@example.com Murphy. Jan never knew Dave when they were fellow students, but they started their teaching careers together 62 Hannah Schnitt-Rogers at Bethlehem Central. She does often and husband Steve welcomed their think of others from that bygone era first grandchild in February. Robert and would love to hear from people Sweeney relocated from Asheville she knew then. elaine Frankonis to Flagler Beach, Fla., and would is living a relaxing life in western love to find classmates or an alumni Massachusetts with her daughter chapter there. Fran Shepherd great Dane Pregame and family, experimenting with and husband spent a joyful time suburban farming, continuing to blog in Florida with her Albany roomie, sporadically, and learning math and Linda Zucconi Dellea. Sheril Joan McCormack spent three weeks in science concepts she never knew as her 11-year-old grandson explores the Belgium, Holland and Scotland in April. oct. 19, 1-3:30 p.m. excitement and innovations of home Hannah Schnitt-Rogers, Carole schooling. Joan and Carl Herman Pixie Wilbourn, Linda Bosworth get into the ua spirit, and check out the new are well and enjoying retirement. They and Sheril multi-sport complex before the Homecoming spend 10 weeks in Florida, where McCormack all met and stayed football game. enjoy food, fun and entertainment. they play a lot of golf and spend time with good friends. Joan continues to at the Algonquin Free parking in the Dutch Quad lot. be involved with two choruses: one, a Hotel in New York registration required. community mixed chorus; the other, a City; they did some Sweet Adeline chorus. Other than that, serious theatre For a detailed list of activities golf, quilting and Italian class keep attending. Alice Alice Green visit www.albany.edu/alumni/homecoming13.php. her busy. She wishes the very best to Green was an honoree at the 42nd everyone in the class of ‘61. Nancy annual Legislative Conference of the www.albany.edu 37 Alumni News & Notes the rehabilitation of five old ones. for Finance and Administration, diverse organization of public health These wells will provide clean water assistant dean for Instructional professionals in the world” with more for approximately 20,000 people. Support Services, and in other posts than 20,000 members. Carolyn officially retired Feb. 28 of in a career spanning three decades at Class councilor: Rick Corcione, this year. The next morning, they left the college and The City University of firstname.lastname@example.org. for three weeks of skiing in Colorado. New York. Now that she is retired, they are able to spend more time on their 70 Your co-councilor, John 73 Pryor Cashman partner boat. They have four children and six Kenneth Schulman was honored President Robert Jones (left) had Michalke, ended his rewarding 40- by Ronald McDonald House New York grandchildren between them. an opportunity to speak with past year career as an associate economist as a recipient of its 2013 Hope Award UAlbany president Patrick Swygert 66 C.W. Sullivan has retired as with the New York State Department of Labor in Albany this past October. He for his distinguished leadership and dedication as a volunteer. The Hope at the Washington, D.C., distinguished professor of arts and started with the department in October Award, which represents optimism, alumni reception in April. sciences from East Carolina University, 1972 as an unemployment insurance faith, promise and positive expectation, Greenville, N.C., after 34 years. C.W. reviewing examiner. After bouncing is the most prestigious recognition harrowing and hilarious melodrama and his wife, Sheree Scarborough, around different state departments, the organization can bestow upon a from Pulitzer Prize- and Academy now live in a log cabin near Floyd, Va., he returned to the labor department volunteer. Award-winning author Sidney Howard. and he teaches in a summer graduate and was primarily involved in extensive program in children’s literature at Hollins University in Roanoke, Va. reports and research projects relating to the state’s unemployment insurance 75 Paul Morton has been 76 Nate Salant has been elected a fellow in the appointed to the NCAA D2 National Class councilor: Gary Spielmann, program. He plans to catch up on Championships Committee. Nate is in reading, long-neglected hobbies, doing College of Law Practice email@example.com his 21st year as commissioner of the volunteer work, and traveling to visit Management. He will Gulf South Conference. 68 Diane Call has been family and friends. be inducted at the college’s annual Futures appointed president of Queensborough Class notes coucilor: John Michalke, firstname.lastname@example.org Conference in Chicago 77 John Gionis was awarded Community College. She has been Paul Morton in October. Paul is the the Legal Eagle award for Civil and the interim president since July chief operating officer 2010. Prior to that, Diane was 72 Adewale Troutman is the of Boston-based law firm Burns & Criminal Litigation by the Long Island Pulse magazine in April. John’s Queensborough’s provost and senior American Public Health Association’s Levinson LLP. Harry Feiner was practice encompasses commercial vice president for academic affairs. (APHA) newly elected president. the scenic and lighting designer for litigation; personal and catastrophic She also has served as vice president APHA “is the oldest, largest and most the production The Silver Cord, a Donna Ashcraft, M.A.’87, Ph.D.’88 Donna Ashcraft, professor of research findings and theories in psychology at Clarion University the areas of personality and social and one of the “founding psychology, as well as scenes from mothers” of the Women’s the novels and surveys of readers, Studies program there, recently Deconstructing Twilight separates published Deconstructing Twilight: myth from reality regarding the Psychological and Feminist series’ depictions of women, Perspectives on the Series. Using men, romantic relationships and feminist and psychological theory, motherhood. A social learning the author examines the behavior, perspective is employed to women’s studies relationships and gender roles demonstrate the effect the novels text. Her Personality depicted in the popular Twilight can have on gender role formation Theories Workbook is series, and includes perspectives and the development of relationship currently in its 5th edition, and from both fans and detractors of scripts in young-adult readers. she is working on the 6th. Ashcraft, the series. The book discusses Social psychological concepts are who received her bachelor’s degree whether the character Bella, and used to explain and integrate the from Buffalo State College, has the series in general, is antifeminist discrepant views of fans and critics. taught at Clarion since 1988. For or an example of modern feminism, Ashcraft also edited and wrote more information about purchasing and whether the relationship three chapters for Women’s Work: her books, visit www.peterlang. between Bella and Edward is A Survey of Scholarship by and com, barnesandnoble.com or healthy or maladjusted. Integrating About Women, an introductory www.amazon.com. 38 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 injuries; real estate; trusts and estates; and criminal law, including white collar crime cases involving fraud. He has successfully tried to verdict cases in both state and federal courts in the New York metropolitan area. John McHugh, secretary of the Army, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony May 17. Allison Berg is happy to announce the birth of her grandson, Trace Martin Petriccione, on Jan. 1, 2013. Stuart Gelberg was selected as a Top Long Island Legal Eagle for the third consecutive year by Pulse magazine. Recognized as a Top Attorney by Newsweek magazine and featured in its final print issue, Stuart was also selected as a Top Attorney by New York magazine in its December 2012 special double issue. 78 Steve Basset recently formed the Steve Basset Band and has released an acoustic debut album, So Beautiful. He uses his love for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles and Willie Nelson to Steve Basset inspire his folk leanings. He has been a supporter of the Salt Lake City music scene since moving to Utah in 1994. You can listen to and see Steve perform at www.reverbnation. com/steveabasstet and http://steve-bassett.com. 79 Johannes Froebel-Parker was part of a live online interview this past June at a new program/website for authors It only takes a minute helping authors and future authors. More information: www.slushheap.com. 80 Patricia Nugent has been featured in a new collection of true narratives, I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse. to make a gift that lasts a lifetime. In this collection, nurses remember their first “sticks,” Patricia first births and first deaths, reflecting on what gets Nugent them through long, demanding shifts and keeps them in the profession. More information: http:// bit.ly/16wRyve. Michael Levy was elected judge of the 15th Judicial Circuit by the Virginia General Assembly on April 3, 2013. He has served as a judge in the 15th District Court for the past four Michael years and took his new seat on July 1, 2013. Tom Levy Burke was faced with a great surprise when two UAlbany Roof and Maintenance Division staff members, Scott Thomas and Brian Edwards, found his high-school ring, lost 36 years ago on Colonial Quad. They mailed the ring back to Tom immediately – and he was very impressed by their sincerity and the lengths they went to to return it. 81 Joshua Bloom has been elected chair of the Executive Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s (BASF) Environmental Law Section for 2013. Joshua’s environmental and natural resources practice involves counseling, litigation Joshua and transactional work. The mission of BASF’s Bloom Environmental Law Section is to serve and educate both attorneys and the general public about environmental law. Ian Farrell has been appointed assistant vice president of Development for Colleges at Virginia Tech. He brings to the position extensive experience in university development and fundraising. Most recently, he served as director of regional development at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he assumed responsibility for a major-gifts program. edward Murphy, president and executive director of Workforce Development Institute, received the Distinguished Continuing Professional Education Leadership Award of Excellence at the Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner and www.albany.edu/giving Awards Ceremony May 17. 82 Lauren Solotar has been promoted to president and chief executive officer of May Institute in Randolph, Mass. Lauren began her career there in 1996 as chief psychologist and vice president of Clinical Services. May Institute is a nonprofit organization that www.albany.edu 39 Alumni News & Notes provides educational, rehabilitative during Homecoming/Reunion Weekend mediation- and behavioral health services to this Oct. 18-19. law; she thousands of individuals with special Class councilor: Dave Schaffer, teaches needs and their families every year. email@example.com law clinics Michael Shaps in both. 83 Maritza Martinez has 84 Karu Hangawatte, a Michael Shaps was recognized this past April at Fenway Park been awarded the 2012 Director’s professor of criminal justice at the before the start of a Red Sox Community University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) game as the 2013 Most Valuable Leadership has been Educator by the Massachusetts Award. Maritza appointed Teachers Association and the is the director of by the Boston Red Sox. A school the Educational government psychologist for 19 years, he is Opportunity of Sri Lanka In London on business last spring, Saks currently working in the Waltham, Program (EOP) as the next Fifth Avenue senior executives Thomas Mass., Public Schools. To watch Maritza at the University ambassador Karu Hangawatte Ott, B.S.’88, left, and Ronald Frasch, the video of Michael receiving his Martinez at Albany. EOP, which to France and UNESCO, with award, visit: http://bit.ly/11jz56r. He B.S.’70, right, came across a familiar provides admission oversight authority of Spain and is featured about four minutes in. name on fashionable Savile Row. We’re opportunities for low-income New Portugal. From 2010-2012, Karu glad they shared the moment with us! Class councilor: Patty Salkin, York state students, also supports served as a commissioner of Sri firstname.lastname@example.org students in academic, financial, Lanka’s Lessons Learned and U.S. News and World Report as a top social and personal matters. Maritza demonstrates leadership through Reconciliation Commission, a post-war presidential commission. As an expert 86 Gordon Plutsky is the chief physician in the Southwest. Phoenix Magazine also recognized Dave as her personal involvement with the commissioner, he investigated and marketing officer at King Fish Media “Top Doc” in gastroenterology for students. Under her leadership, the analyzed the national issues occurring in Salem, Mass. King Fish Media is the metropolitan Phoenix/Scottsdale EOP at UAlbany has been recognized between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil a leading content-marketing agency. region. as a model program in New York Eelam and successive governments in Gordon also is an adjunct faculty State public higher education. A note from your class councilor: Fellow Sri Lanka. member at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., teaching marketing strategy 88 Donna Barket has been classmates, it is hard to believe that we graduated 30 years ago. The 85 elizabeth Donovan works and digital marketing to master’s students. Jennifer Manner has been named a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow by the Woodrow as a clinical program director at Ave Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. style of our class obviously set the Maria School of Law in Naples, Fla. hired by EchoStar Corp., a leading global satellite services provider and With the $30,000 stipend, Donna tone for the decade that would later She previously worked as an assistant developer of hybrid video-delivery will complete a special intensive become famously known as “The Big clinical professor at Ave Maria School technologies, as vice president of master’s program at Purdue University ’80s.” Please think about returning to of Law in Ann Arbor, Mich. Her areas to will prepare her to teach math campus to celebrate that golden era of focus are human trafficking and Regulatory Affairs. Jennifer, who has and/or science in Indiana’s urban more than 20 years of experience and rural public schools. Bonnie as a telecommunications policy and Jenkins, coordinator for Threat regulatory executive, Reduction Programs with the United formerly was the deputy States Department of State, received chief of the FCC’s the Distinguished Alumna in Public Office of Engineering Administration and Policy Award at the and Technology. Joan Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner and Solotar was honored by Joan Awards Ceremony May 17. the National Organization Solotar for Women, New York City, with a 2013 Women of Power 90 Thembayena & Influence Award. She is the senior Dlamini, who earned her annual Homecoming managing director and head of the External Relations and Strategy Group Ph.D. in economics at UAlbany, was appointed ambassador to Russia from Thembayena 5k run and 2.5k Walk for Blackstone. Dlamini her country, Swaziland, 87 James O’Sullivan joined this past year. She is pictured here Saturday, oct. 19 the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley shaking hands with Vladimir Putin. Michael Rosenblut, president and Charitable Trust as a program director CEO of the nationally acclaimed Parker to benefit the ualbany Cancer research Center’s this past March. James, who leads Jewish Institute for Health Care and Fund for Memory and Hope. the trust’s IBD & Crohn’s Program, Rehabilitation, was named Business also serves as a senior adviser to Person of the Year by the timing, prizes and giveaways. its Israel program. He comes to the Queens, N.Y., Chamber of event is open to all. trust from Rockefeller Philanthropy Commerce this past March. Advisors (RPA). Prior to joining RPA in For details and registration, visit www.albany.edu/alumni/homecoming13.php. 2008, James worked at the John A. Hartford Foundation. Dave Schaeffer 92 Ken Rosenberg was is a physician based in Phoenix, Ariz. sworn in as president-elect Ken He recently was recognized by the of the Essex County Bar Rosenberg 40 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Association (ECBA) this past April. The ECBA private sessions with people or is the largest county bar association in the organizations interested in making State of New Jersey. the courageous and empowering decision to do “life work” to create Miguel aguilera, 94 Meredith Celentano has been successful outcomes and balance in all life areas. M.a.’98, Ph.D.’04 named chair of the 2013 Philanthropy Day by The Association of Fundraising Professionals Long Island. Philanthropy 97 Chuck Bennett was “explaining our Day, which will take place in November, focuses on harnessing the latest advances commissioned in April as a U.S. Foreign Service officer. He currently World” in development, learning best practices is serving a two-year tour as vice and new techniques, and networking with consul at Embassy Kingston in In an email from Tempe last accomplished members of the development Jamaica. spring, Arizona State University profession. Meredith is the assistant vice (ASU) Associate Professor of Religious Studies president for Development and Alumni Affairs at Hofstra University. 98 Lauren Rudolph was featured Miguel Aguilera confirmed that good things in Nyack News and Views do come in threes. 95 Atlanta-based accounting firm for recent artwork and accomplishments. In 2011, Aguilera published The Maya World of Commu- Moore Colson CPAs recently announced the inspired by her daughter, admission of Michael elliot as a partner Lauren opened Little Light nicating Objects: Quadripartite Crosses, Trees, and in the firm’s tax services Art Studio for children ages Stones (the University of New Mexico Press) practice. Moore Colson is Lauren 3 through 6. After the birth in 2010. That same year, the ASU School of Rudolph of her son, Gabriel, in 2012, a full-service accounting Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Stud- firm located in Atlanta, Ga., Lauren’s creative spark was reignited. Her ies faculty member was tenured. And last May, providing tax and assurance paintings are typically portraits, and she plans to continue to expand as an artist. he received the Zebulon Pearce Distinguished services, management- Mike Elliot consulting services, lender Teaching Award, named for an 1899 graduate services, estate and financial services, information-technology audit 99 Rachel Santarlas of the Territorial Normal School at Tempe, now ASU. In accepting the award, Aguilera recently was promoted to services and corporate accounting. Carmen counsel in Wolff & Samson’s acknowledged the “professors, colleagues, Pena has launched a new business that Intellectual Property and Media students, relatives and Maya consultants” who uses her passion and the unique skills and and Technology Groups in West knowledge she’s gained over the years to have inspired him. “I try to bring to my teach- Orange, N.J. Previously an Rachel help people of all ages and at all stages associate at the firm, Rachel Santarlas ing what I admire most in many of them: a of life. She has developed a universal counsels both domestic and international vivid interest in explaining our world and our message of personal awareness and clients in a variety of areas, including those place within it.” growth, “Life Conversations with Carmen: in the fashion, perfume, clothing, music Life’s Big Questions & Practical Ways to entertainment, media, Internet, spice, His students attest to Aguilera’s success as both Live Your Best Life Now.” Her intention food and beverage industries, as well as teacher and mentor. One noted: “Dr. Aguilera is to conduct seminars, small-group and nonprofit organizations. has influenced my scholarship and teaching in profound ways. While these have been critical to my professional development, my Build new connections with interactions with Dr. Aguilera have resulted in strengthening my character, as well. He has the UAlbany Alumni Group on instilled in me ethics that guide my work and interpersonal relationships. Most of all, he has taught me that honesty and personal account- ability are key for being a good researcher, teacher and human being.” Through this free network of UAlbany alumni, you’ll Aguilera learned those same lessons at UAl- find inside connections to jobs, industry experts and bany. Anthropology faculty Marilyn Masson business partners. Use it to: and (now emeritus) Gary Gossen – to whom • Leverage the power of the UAlbany alumni network to Aguilera dedicated his book – co-chaired his connect with other alums and their non-alumni contacts. doctoral dissertation committee and “taught me what it means to be a scholar. They gave • Present yourself and your professional capabilities. unselfishly of their time in guiding and men- • Search LinkedIn’s job database and connect with UAlbany toring me. Without them, I doubt I would alumni at companies around the world. have attained a tenure-track position, never • Accelerate your career through referrals from mind Distinguished Associate Professor status, UAlbany alumni. at Arizona State University,” Aguilera said. To register, visit www.linkedin.com – Carol Olechowski and search for “UAlbany Alumni.” www.albany.edu 41 Alumni News & Notes as debt and equity financings. Matt 00 Addie Russell, a member of 01 Michael Schnipper was Ammerman has created a startup company called Apprenda. His 05 Angelo Maddox has moved the New York State Assembly, District promoted from attorney to partner this to expand his business, Fresh & Fly 116, received the Distinguished past February by Nixon Peabody LLP company utilizes a software platform Clothing, formerly Young Fresh & Fly, Alumna in Political Science Award at in Boston. Michael’s practice focuses that enables large businesses to to 13 South Pearl Street in Albany, N.Y. the Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner on the representation of both public develop and deploy their own cloud and Awards Ceremony May 17. and private companies in business law and transactional matters, including applications. Cloud computing moves applications from individual desktops 06 Samantha Williams, who and puts them on servers that works in the Tax-Exempt East office, mergers and acquisitions, as well users access remotely via network has been promoted from in charge connections. Some of Apprenda’s to senior at the Bonadio Group in clients include JP Morgan Chase and Albany, N.Y. The Bonadio Group is Proud to be ... Diebold. Apprenda is a Clifton Park- upstate New York’s largest provider of based company, and Matt believes accounting, consulting and financial services. Matthew Cueter has EOP! that the Capital Region was helpful in the success of his startup. joined Rawle & Henderson LLP as an associate at the firm’s New York 02 Karen Schwimmer has office. Matthew’s practice focuses on the areas of construction, insurance, joined the law firm Porzio, Bromberg products liability, premises liability, Celebrate UAlbany & Newman P.C. as an associate. She toxic tort litigation and professional will be based in Porzio’s New York liability. Stephanie Amann-Winokur EOP’s 45th Anniversar y City office and is a former member of and Lyle Winokur purchased their Reunion: 1968-2013 Wagner Davis P.C. Karen represents first home in Albany. Brian Fessler, clients in commercial real-estate specialist with Questar III State Aid Oct. 11-13, 2013 transactions. and Financial Planning Service, received the Young Alumnus in Public For information and online registration, 03 Peter Brusoe, campaign Administration and Policy Award at the go to www.albany.edu/eop or finance and lobbying data analyst for Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner and Bloomberg, L.P., received the Young Awards Ceremony May 17. email@example.com or contact Patrick Romain Alumnus in Political Science Award at or Latonia Spencer at (518) 442-3200. the Rockefeller College Alumni Dinner and Awards Ceremony May 17. 07 Ralph Underwood is currently the senior accountant at Dormitory Authority, State of New York (DASNY), in Albany. Priya Anand is fashioning an acting career in India. She recently Expand your starred in the Vashu Bhagnani’s Priyadarshan-directed movie profEssional “Rangree.” She has starred in nine other films and finds that acting is a nEtwork with way to discover herself. Monika Nizio uCan married her law school sweetheart this past September. She has been working as a real-estate attorney in Miami after graduating from the University of Miami Law School. Katelyn Primomo graduated from Albany Law School this past year, passed the bar Networking can be key to your personal success, and your alumni and was admitted. She is currently association is making it easy for you to expand your professional working for The Legal Project as a domestic violence attorney. Katelyn network with UCAN, the UAlbany Career Advisory Network. was married in January 2013; her • apintoanonline,worldwidenetwork T new name is Katelyn Primomo- of UAlbany alumni professionals. Millwood. Amy Bourdeau recently received her master’s from the G • etfeedbackonyourcareer University of Phoenix online while strategy and goals. working full time at Capital Living and Rehabilitation Centers. She started E • stablishnewbusinesscontacts. there in May 2010 and previously • evelopnewknowledgeresources D was with Leverpoint Management and more. LLC for three years. Amy planned to sit for one of the C.P.A. exams this past July or August. Marc Pallozzi Learn more at www.albany.edu/alumni/servicesforjobseekers.php. graduated from Albany Law in 2012 with honors and is currently working 42 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 for Gilberti, Stinziano, Heintz & Smith commercial litigation. She previously Gaines, Gruner, Ponzini and Novick Partners in Health program, which P.C., an environmental law firm with worked with the firm’s corporate LLP, based in White Plains, N.Y. has helped bring emergency medical offices in Albany, Syracuse and New department concentrating on mergers care and supplies to survivors of the York City. After completing a master’s degree in criminal justice at UAlbany in and acquisitions, as well as venture- capital deals. 10 Vimmi Bhaskar has been massive earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010. Julie Parlato recently was hired as a senior for the small 2008, Dianna Maneksha relocated appointed regional preparedness to Boston, where she works as a crime analyst for the transit police. The 09 Caitlin Root has been business advisory team within The Bonadio Group. Previously, Vimmi associate for the American Red promoted to staff accountant by worked as a senior staff member Cross Northeastern Region. Julie will rock-music duo she co-founded, Satin Lumsden McCormick. Caitlin joined with Crow Horwath LLP. oversee the disaster-preparedness Kittens, has played to large crowds Lumsden McCormick as a general curricula in the community, as well as in both Boston and New York City. Amanda Munk lives in Albuquerque, ledger analyst serving the company’s commercial business team. A 11 Benjamin Parsons has been CPR skills for the general public. In addition, she will manage up to five N.M. She married Peter Munk in appointed by Civil Service Employees certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, she full-time AmeriCorps state members 2011 and had a daughter in August Association President Danny Donohue is specially trained as a QuickBooks and approximately 90 volunteers 2012. She works in the microbiology as a state legislative representative expert. Diana Mauro received a across four chapters and 17 countries. department of a medical laboratory. in the union’s Legislative & Political Juris Doctor degree from the Roger Chol Majok welcomed new United Karen Granger graduated from the Action Department. Ben is working Williams University School of Law Basic School of the New York State alongside fellow UAlbany alumnus States citizens at a naturalization during commencement ceremonies Police Academy this past May. She is Joshua Terry ’05, who has been with ceremony held in the U.S. District this past May. Diana was a member assigned to Troop D in Oneida. the department since 2007. Court in downtown Syracuse this past of the Criminal Law Society, Phi Alpha April. Chol recently was hired as the 08 Alicia Garofalo has been Delta and the Student Bar Association. She completed a legal externship 13 Luis Gabriel Sanchez scheduler for Syracuse’s mayor. He is an immigrant from Africa, and his promoted to paralegal at the law firm with the Rhode Island Medical Legal (Gabe) traveled as an observer/ of Harter Secrets & Emery LLP. Alicia’s Partnership at Hasbro Children’s volunteer to Haiti with Dr. Robin journey to the United States was not litigation work focuses on design Hospital in Providence, R.I. She also Rose, leadership programs director an easy one. More information: malpractice, product liability and worked as a summer associate with at Brown University. They visited the http://bit.ly/13xhIfw. Christina Esposito, B.A.’00, Ph.D. Congratulations to Christina Esposito, who recently attained tenure at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The associate professor of linguistics researches the interaction between phonation and prosody (the rhythm, stress and intonation of speech) Classes of 2004-2013 and languages, such as White Hmong, Zapotec, Gujarati and English, that use Don’t Miss the Sixth annual different voice qualities to make phonological goLD reunion contrasts. A summa cum laude graduate of the University at Albany, Join hundreds of other recent graduates, where she majored meet up with old friends and see what’s new on in anthropology and campus at the sixth annual GOLD (Graduates of linguistics, Esposito the Last Decade) Reunion, oct. 18-19 completed her doctoral Check out some of the exciting events: studies at the University • GOLD Friday night get-together at of California, Los Professor Barley’s Angeles. • Tailgate Party Saturday afternoon • Great Danes Football vs. the Towson Tigers • Great Danes Great Bash at WT’s, with For a complete list of class councilors: free food and drinks for all alumni For details, visit www.albany.edu/alumni/avc.php www.albany.edu/alumni/homecoming13.php or call the Alumni Association at (518) 442-3080. www.albany.edu 43 Alumni News & Notes Deaths elizabeth Conklin Possemato ’52, Dec. 17, 2012 Jeanne Corigliano McCarthy ’53, March 6, 2011 Robert M. Mirett ’73, Oct. 4, 2012 James R. Williams ’73, May 9, 2013 Robert C. Taber ’53, April 29, 2009 Mark A. Zelinger ’73, June 7, 2012 1930s Barbara Coretty Feibke ’56, May 8, 2013 Krish Lakshmi Kanthan ’74, May 29, 2011 Margaret Mulligan Noon ’31, April 20, 2010 Robert e. Jennings ’56, Jan. 10, 2008 Joyce Savage ’74, March 19, 2013 Ruth Lecaro Peckham ’34, Jan. 26, 2012 David L. Kenyon ’57, Jan. 11, 2012 Pamela Reid Olson ’75, May 10, 2010 Beatrice Burns Montgomery ’35, Aug. 30, 2010 Margaret Kraus Todd ’58, Aug. 31, 2009 Mary Kupic Walsh ’75, Nov. 18, 2012 ethel Bayley Scofield ’35, Jan. 1, 2009 Thomas H. Watthews ’58, March 12, 2013 John H. Deane ’76, March 3, 2010 emma Mead King ’36, Feb. 5, 2011 Frank A. Burdick ’59, Jan. 19, 2013 ernestine V. Herring ’76, Feb. 5, 2013 Luella Wersen Taylor ’36, Aug. 21, 2008 David J. Pitkin ’59, Feb. 13, 2013 Michael K. Ringo ’76, Jan. 28, 2007 Jane Miller elia ’37, Dec. 13, 2012 Andrew F. Britt ’77, April 16, 2013 Norma Fletcher Oakes ’37, Oct. 15, 2012 1960s Thomas C. Castellano, Ph.D. ’77, Sept. 9, 2009 Alice S. Bennett ’38, Feb. 1, 2013 Charles H. Bollenbach ’60, May 2, 2013 Marcella L. Stewart ’77, April 29, 2012 Dolores Leffler Corcoran ’38, Dec. 30, 2008 Terri Boyd ’60, May 24, 2012 Heide U. Brandes ’78, Oct. 13, 2012 elizabeth Allen Derr ’39, June 27, 2010 Nellie Hemingway Brewster ’60, May 22, 2011 Marion J. Burke ’78, April 15, 2013 Mildred King Hopke ’39, June 26, 2009 Jeannette S. Lafayette ’61, Nov. 29, 2010 Sydney Schwartz Katz ’78, June 9, 2012 Margaret Hora Mach ’39, June 13, 2011 Carol Clifton Turner ’62, May 9, 2012 Kenneth B. Kochmann ’78, March 8, 2013 Anne Kalichman Parnes ’39, Jan. 17, 2013 Gladys Barnes ’63, May 5, 2013 August Sellitto ’78, March 21, 2008 eleanor Wise Wood ’39, Jan. 12, 2013 Margaret Sorenson Shafer ’64, April 30, 2013 Charles R. Hancock ’79, Oct. 29, 2012 Lorraine A. Underwood ’64, April 14, 2013 1940s Linda King Aukett ’66, March 1, 2013 1980s Norman W. Arnold ’40, April 26, 2013 Francis Collins ’67, Dec. 6, 2012 Michael P. Duffy ’81, March 7, 2013 Mary Koonz egan ’40, Feb. 4, 2013 William H. Frueh ’67, Feb. 9, 2013 Henry J. Chaya ’82, Jan. 29, 2013 Sadie Flax Schneider ’40, Sept. 16, 2011 Sondra B. Grady ’68, Jan. 1, 2013 Andrew R. Fairhall ’82, April 2, 2013 Yolanda Richardson Smith ’40, June 2, 2011 Barbara J. Pedersen Page ’68, Nov. 28, 2012 Margaret Kavanaugh Scarey ’82, Oct. 14, 2008 enes Novelli Burns ’41, March 25, 2011 elaine Tuccillo ’68, Nov. 16, 2012 Katherine L. Skigen ’82, Aug. 28, 2012 Marion Simon Kehl ’41, Dec. 15, 2012 John D. Leuallen ’69, July 5, 2012 ernest T. Friers ’88, Jan. 16, 2013 James e. Gillan ’42, Aug. 28, 2012 John Longo ’69, Dec. 3, 2012 Mary Menihan Starkey ’42, May 10, 2013 1990s Alan F. McBrien ’69, March 12, 2012 Barbara Bowker Butler ’43, Jan. 15, 2013 Daniel J. Rice ’90, May 21, 2013 Kevin M. McClune ’69, March 7, 2013 Paula Nosal Rouffa ’47, Oct. 27, 2012 Angelo W. Casabianca ’92, Nov. 13, 2009 evelyn Stephan Foley ’48, May 3, 2009 1970s Gregory J. McGarry ’93, Feb. 10, 2013 Lawrence Appleby ’49, May 31, 2013 Mildred S. Resnick ’70, March 1, 2013 Aaron P. Brown ’97, Sept. 21, 2012 Jeanne Valachovic Carpenter ’49, Jan. 24, 2013 Dorothy e. Danner ’71, Feb. 8, 2013 Annette Gardiner DeLyser ’49, June 15, 2013 eva S. Greene ’71, Feb. 15, 2013 2000s elsie Landau Finkelstein ’49, Jan. 21, 2013 euphemia Virden Hall ’71, July 6, 2012 Michelle Martineau Lake ’00, Jan. 19, 2013 George Frank ’49, Feb. 2, 2013 Frank S. Winoski ’71, May 13, 2012 Tracy M. Laverty ’07, March 6, 2013 Joyce Dickerson Horsman ’49, Aug. 4, 2010 Joseph Bowman, Jr. ’72, April 10, 2013 Pamela Beninati Derrick ’72, Oct. 21, 2012 1950s Pauline Thompson Hill ’50, Nov. 27, 2012 Carl e. Pope ’72, July 25, 2009 Faculty/Staff James F. Blackwell ’73, Jan. 24, 2012 Joseph Bowman Jr., B.A.’72, M.L.S.’74, M.A.’75, Gerard R. Brophy ’51, Feb. 7, 2013 Susan Hanson Fisher ’73, June 21, 2011 Service Associate Professor, Department of Educational Robert W. Bell ’52, March 24, 2013 Theory and Practice, and Chair, Center for Urban Youth and Technology, 1994-2013, April 11, 2013 edward D. Davis, Professor, Mathematics and Annette Gardiner DeLyser ’49, ’55, Statistics, 1968-1998, Feb. 8, 2013 a member of the UAlbany Alumni Association board from Andrew R. Haas, Associate Professor, Computer 1991-2002, passed away June 15. Annette served as class Science Department, 1989-2013, Jan. 23, 2013 councilor (1984-2010), Class Council vice chair (1989-91), Veronica Henighan, Business Manager, Alumni and alumni representative to The University at Albany Association, 1988-2013, May 2, 2013 Walter Knotts, Professor, English Department, 1953- Foundation (2000-03). Annette was a UAlbany Benevolent 1991, Feb. 23, 2013 Association board member (1985-2010) and president Ross M. Miller, Assistant Professor, Finance (2001-2003), and in 2010 was named the first “Eunice Baird Department, 2004-2013, May 20, 2013 Whittlesey Director Emeritus” of the association. A past Gordon S. Purrington, Assistant Professor, president of the UAlbany Phi Delta Alumnae Sorority and a Educational Administration and Policy Department, 1972-2001, April 27, 2012 member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, elisabeth Hollister (Holly) Sims, Professor, she received the University’s Excellence in Alumni Service Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, 1989- Award in 1994. The Alumni Association is grateful for 2013, May 5, 2013 Annette’s many years of service to UAlbany. John e. Tucker, Professor, Psychology Department, and Director, University Counseling Center, 1963-1987, June 4, 2013 44 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Weddings UAlbany 2007 – Matthew Here are the best ways to reach us! Rozea and Lindsay Booth, ADDRESS, E-MAIL, PHONE May 18, 2013 OR JOB CHANGES E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: Pushpa Royce Office of Development Services, UAB 209 and University at Albany hton Navins 2006 – Creig ay 4, 2013 1400 Washington Avenue ey, M Margot Kearn Albany, NY 12222 ALUMNI NEWS AND NOTES E-mail: email@example.com 1990 – Steve n Balet and Lee Serravillo, Executive Director Mindy Borisof f, March 23, 20 Mail: Alumni Association 13 Alumni House University at Albany 1400 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12222 1976 – Robert Kulikowski and Ph: (518) 442-3080 Fax: (518) 442-3207 Births Christopher Collins, Feb. 7, 2013 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: Carol Olechowski Editor, UAlbany Magazine University Development, UAB 214 University at Albany 1400 Washington Avenue Albany, NY 12222 Ph: (518) 437-4992 Fax: (518) 437-4957 1990 – Randi Cohan Giambruno and husband Peter, a daughter, Ava, May 6, 2011, and a son, Zak, Jan. 3, 2013 1990 – Keri R eitman and husband Bria n Schnapper, a son, Alexand er, Sept. 6, 20 12 2003 – Amanda l 1996 – Danie Brazee and husband Olden an d wife Guy De Launière, hter, Kerrey, a daug a son, Dominic, C laire, May 2, 2012 Jan. 24, 2013 www.albany.edu 45 Authors and Editors Carl Cusato, B.a. ’66, recently Peter Pollak, M.a. ’70, Ph.D. ’78, has released his third released his second book, Lifestones, novel, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge. The novel begins with a science-fiction romantic comedy. the main character waking up in a small hospital in upstate Cusato’s book is a hybrid between a New York unable to remember who he is or how he ended novel and screenplay; he has called up near death. The remainder of the book explores the main it a “movel.” Lifestones centers on a character’s attempts to figure out who tried to kill him and male nano-physicist whose wife and why. More information: http://amzn.to/165SXdU. child were killed in a car accident. The movel is a quick read for ambitious Sherry Penney, Ph.D. ’72, has published three books; the urban professionals. More information: latest is Next Generation Leadership: Insights from Emerging http://amzn.to/12wwXCj. Leaders. Co-authored with Patricia Neilson, the book deals with 21st-century leadership and how generations X and Y Lawrence epstein, B.a. ’67, M.a. ’68, Ph.D. ’76, is view leadership and what kind of leaders they want to aspire the author of a new book, The Basic Beliefs of Judaism: A to be. Penney’s other books are A Very Dangerous Woman: Twenty-First-Century Guide to a Timeless Tradition. The novel Martha Wright and Woman’s Rights and Patrician in Politics: provides an organized explanation and Daniel Dewey Barnard of New York. More information: analysis of the central Jewish articles of http://amzn.to/YjBdai. faith. Subjects covered include the nature of God; the natural world; the Jewish John amodeo, M.a. ’73, has a new book on Amazon. people; why good people suffer; the The Captain’s Coin tells the story of an immigrant 13-year- Jewish ethical foundations of living; love old escaping the web of starvation and and marriage in the Jewish community; death in his native County Cork, Ireland, and death and the afterlife, among others. during the potato famine. Michael Brady, young, naive and afraid, sets foot in a strange city, intent on survival. His story richard Matturro, B.a. ’68, M.a. ’69, Ph.D. ’73, has will resonate with anyone who has had to published Janey, the completion and central novel in his re-examine the direction of his or her life tri-city trilogy. The novels, set in the while readjusting to the realities of life’s neighboring upstate New York cities challenges. More information: of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, http://amzn.to/105lkX4. are about three women who share an aversion to all things feminine, Susan katz, B.a. ’75, is the author of Start Your Career: especially motherhood. These women 5 Steps to Finding the Right Job after College. This book face unexpected detours that bring provides a guide, through a series of steps and tips, for them to a place where myth and reality college students seeking to begin professional careers. collide. More information: In five steps, Katz demonstrates how to turn a college www.richardmatturro.com. degree into a personally satisfying career. The book’s advice ranges from identifying skill sets to creating a richard Morgan, B.S. ’69, recently network and preparing for job interviews. composed a book of poems entitled More information: www.fivestepstotherightjob.com. Sea Glass Soul. His third book of poetry, it also includes art drawn by Pat Morgan. ed Moser, B.a. ’77, author of seven published books, has The poems were inspired by the written a new book on American history. A Patriot’s America authors living on an island off the from A to Z is a riveting primer for everyone interested in this Jersey shore. More information: nation’s past, featuring heroic events and creative individuals http://amzn.to/104NYrg. who surmounted great difficulties to accomplish great things: traveling to the moon, defeating the Nazis, wiring the planet, setting the first large democratic republic and largely banishing starvation overseas. More information: http://amzn.to/15r30KW. 46 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 Bassey essien, M.S. ’77, ed.D. ’81, has written a memoir Denise garofalo, B.a. ’81, M.L.S. ’82, has had a titled Voice from the Mangrove Swamps. book chapter published in Robots in Academic Libraries: The book describes Essien’s early Advancements in Library Automation. Her chapter is titled struggles working with his mother in “Empires of the Future: Libraries, Technology and the the village farms; canoe fishing with Academic Environment.” More information: his father on the ocean; laboring in http://bit.ly/13vyxZd. Nigeria’s mangrove swamps; working in Lagos as an apprentice photographer; Jeff Laing, Ph.D. ’82, has written Bud Fowler: Baseball’s and later pursuing an education in First Black Professional, the first full-length biography of the America. More information: first African American to play in organized baseball. After www.dorrancebookstore.com. the color line became impregnable in the 1890s, Fowler also organized and managed numerous all-black touring teams. Johannes Froebel-Parker, B.a. ’79, M.a. ’82, M.S. ’85, His 35-year-long career in the national pastime mirrored the is the author of The First Kindergarten, the third novel in his social, political and cultural turbulence of the Gilded Age. Ahnentafel series. In this historical novel, which includes a great deal of Daniel guyton, B.a. ’00, has recently been published. His biographical information, Froebel- new play Mrs. Claus Gets Menopause, was selected by ArtAge Parker joins through literature the Publications’ Senior Theatre Resource Center from over lives and contributions of two of 300 submissions, and is featured in ArtAge’s newly released the world’s greatest proponents 2014 catalog. of children’s education. More Lisa Bundrick, M.S.W. ’04, has had information: http://bit.ly/YJMXmI. another children’s book published. Patricia nugent, M.S. ’80, offers Wonderful Words is written to help 300 vignettes about caregiving enhance a child’s self-esteem by and loss in her book They Live On: Saying Goodbye to Mom teaching him/her the meaning of and Dad. The book, published in 2010, offers vignettes selected “wonderful words” and portraying the stages of caring for and saying goodbye encouraging the child to think about to a loved one, as seen through the eyes of a daughter how these “wonderful words” may and her terminally ill parents. More information: apply to him/her. www.journalartspress.com. Jean Chodkowski, M.a. ’05, is the teresa Sutton, B.a. ’80, has published her first book of author of The Anatomy of Horse Race poems, They’re Gone, with The Finishing Line Press. Handicapping: Or How to Have Fun at It is about the loss of both of her brothers in 1980 the Track. The book, based on cognitive from cardiomyopathy. More information: psychology research concerning decision- http://amzn.to/14tEEN2. making, is written for people who enjoy horse racing, whether it be following Sharon Sobel, B.a. ’81, had a the Kentucky Derby or simply going book, Draping Period Costumes: to the races on a regular basis. More Classical Greek to Victorian, information: www.fun-at-the-track.com. published by the Focal Press in March. More information: Harry Dancler, B.a. ’09, is the author of A Father’s Journey. http://bit.ly/ZLmkyw. From now until December 31, Dancler will be donating 100 percent of the proceeds from the sales of his debut novel Vince aiello, B.a. ’81, is the author to The One Fund Boston. The compelling contemporary of Legal Detriment. In this novel – a story of unparalleled love, personal conflict, forgiveness and thriller involving a San Diego law firm self-discovery examines the consequences for his family of – a robbery, a murder and a descent a man’s long absence from his Newport home. The book is into madness all come together with available in paperback and e-book formats from numerous a shocking outcome. It is published distributors. by Sareth Publishing House. More information: www.vinceaiello.com. www.albany.edu 47 Last Look By Christine J. Binney, B.A.’05, M.A.’07 Photos By Mark Schmidt For its 169th undergraduate commencement on May 19, UAlbany welcomed Republic Records founders Monte Lipman, B.A.’86, and Avery Lipman, B.A.’88, back to campus to deliver the keynote address. From their humble beginnings booking campus concerts and working at the campus radio station, the Lipman brothers went on to build Republic Records into one of the largest music labels in the country. As a surprise for the 2,250 students at the ceremony, the Lipman brothers brought Cassadee Pope, Season 3 winner of “The Voice,” onstage to perform two songs. Clockwise, from left: Cassadee Pope greets the crowd; Monte Lipman ’86, UAlbany President Robert J. Jones and Avery Lipman ’88 are robed and ready for commencement to begin; graduates celebrate their big day. At the May 18 graduate ceremony, 683 master’s degrees, 153 doctoral degrees and 30 graduate certificates were conferred. The graduates represented 22 states and 27 countries, including Argentina, Bangladesh, France, Israel, Mongolia, Romania and Taiwan. Photos: Island Photography 48 UAlbany Magazine • Fall 2013 ualbany’s very first benefactor made a gift with lasting impact. You can, too. Three months after the December 1844 founding of the New York State Normal School, known today as the University at Albany, developer and philanthropist James Wadsworth left a bequest of $300 designated for the school’s first library. Today, Wadsworth’s generous legacy lives on in UAlbany’s three state-of-the-art libraries, which collectively house more than 2 million volumes. Like James Wadsworth, you can invest in UAlbany’s future. For information about including the University at Albany in your estate plans, please contact Lori Matt-Murphy office of gift Planning University at Albany, UAB 226 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany NY 12222 (518) 437-5090 or (888) 226-5600, toll free. Non Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Burlington, VT 05401 Permit No. 378 1400 Washington Avenue Division of University Development University Administration Building 209 Albany, NY 12222 www.albany.edu Homecoming 2013 Family & reunion Weekend ~ oct. 18-20 We’re just a month away from the biggest annual Sorority Coffee Hours – G.O.L.D. Reunion – Legacy gathering at UAlbany! Bring your Great Danes Reception – Great Danes Great Bash at WT’s. spirit, and we’ll do the rest. Take in the vibrant autumn colors as you enjoy the weekend’s Bring family, friends and classmates, festivities: Wine-Tasting Reception – 5K Race – and share a weekend of memories, fun Alumni Breakfast – Great Dane Pregame with food and excitement! For details, and entertainment – Football vs. Towson Tigers – visit www.albany.edu/alumni/homecoming13.php.
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